What Is It like to Spend All Day in Bethlehem? And Then Meet the Bishop of Jerusalem?
by Steve Ray on May 2, 2014
Today we call the Bethlehem day. We get up in the morning and head through the big separation wall into the concentration camp called Bethlehem. It’s not like a concentration camp and Nazi times, but it is very abusive and unfair to the Christians who are stuck behind that wall unable to leave their 7 square miles of confinement.
But it is always wonderful to visit the city where our Lord was born in to see the place, the exact place, where he entered the world. We also have Mass at the place with the Angels split this skies and came down singing and rejoicing about the birth of Jesus Christ.
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It’s also nice to get all your Christmas shopping done in May 🙂 We take everyone to our favorite shop in Bethlehem where we support 65 Christian families with our purchases and everyone goes home with quality Olivewood product’s and other gifts.
We also go to a wonderful dinner which is an authentic Palestinian meal with a whole lamb on the platter and a mountain of Palestinian rice after we have a rich dinner everyone stands up and begins to dance to the throbbing Arabic music (you will see!)
Then we had back through the wall into Jerusalem – and before we go to bed we stopped at that patriarchate of Jerusalem and have a special meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem who shares with us information about the Christian situation in the Holy Land and gives us his apostolic blessing.