Weeping at Gethsemane, Praying at Mount of Olives, Praying for Priests in Upper Room, Descending into Jesus' Prison

by Steve Ray on May 8, 2013

Another great day. Lots going on in Jerusalem as they celebrated the unification of Jerusalem. So we revised our itinerary and it worked great!

We started with Mass at Gethsemane. Do you know why Jesus was arrested in a garden, crucified and buried also in a garden?

We then prayed at the Pater Noster Church at the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray and from which he ascended into heaven.

Then the Dormition Abbey where Mary fell asleep, the Upper Room, the Church of Peter in Gallicantu (cock crow) where Peter denied Jesus and where Jesus was imprisoned over Holy Thursday. Then lunch at a Jewish kibbutz – great lunch!

We even ended up with free time in the afternoon which some enjoyed by visiting Bethany, others walking into the Old City and others resting and talking on the patio of the hotel overlooking Jerusalem. I think a few even took a nap 🙂

Here is Robyn Lee’s Catholic Digest report.


  • Tessie Phillips says:

    Tommy, Libby, and Margaret,

    Another beautiful day for you. It was so touching to see the Garden of Gethsemane.

    Margaret, I have to say that you look so lovely in that hat–and I’m not just kidding! You are a beautiful sister, both inside and out.

    Enjoy the last day (?) of your visit on this memorable trip. Miss you all.

    Love and prayers, Tessie

  • Bonnie Dziedzic says:

    Looks like a fantastic trip! We are so excited for you all to be able to experience this and can’t wait to hear all about it!

    Mom and Dad (Debbie and Billy Shortner), Sydney enjoyed seeing you renew your wedding vows and loves watching for you in the videos. She says she wants to go there one day with you! She says to tell you she loves you and can’t wait to see you this weekend!

    God Bless,
    Jeff, Bonnie, Sydney and Andrew Dziedzic

  • Libby Shortner says:

    Another incredible day! It’s amazing to see (even if it is virtually) all the sites you’ve visited. I will continue to pray for all of you as your trip winds down and you enjoy your last day together. I know you are sad to see your pilgrimage come to an end, but we at home are thrilled to have you coming back to us!

    Safe travels!

  • Nathan & Katie Ball says:

    Doug and Becky!

    What a great trip! We can’t believe all the places you are getting to visit and experience. We are keeping you in our prayers. Enjoy your last day and safe travels home.

    Nathan and Katie

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