Thursday, July 29, 2010

Today was a busy day.  Took a taxi to Damascus Gate and an Arab bus to the top of Mount of Olives.  We went to the Ascension Church on top of Mount of Olives.  Went to the Pater Noster Church where Jesus taught the Our Father.  Walked down the path to the place where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  Has a beautiful view of the city and the Golden Gate where Jesus went through for the Palm Sunday Entry.  Now it is walled up and the Jews are waiting for the Messiah to come through there. Continued down to the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene.  Then on to the Church of the Agony but first walked through the very, very old Olive Trees by the Church.  Then on to the Tomb of Mary.  And finally found Gethsemane which means Olive Press.   Then we went to Zion gate where the Upper Room and the Tomb of David is located.  Next to this is the Church of the Dormition where Mary fell asleep.  Had a little to eat and then went on our trip through the Via Dolorosa.  Stopped at all the Stations and had prayers at each one.  Some College students from Fance asked help at the Holy Sepulcher.  Had a very nice visit with them. There was so much traffic today in Jerusalem.  Everyone was complaining about it. It was a full day but very enjoyable and memorable. The pictures are of the outside of the Tomb of Mary.  The second is a picture of the outside of Mary Magdalene.