Today our pilgrimage continues in Jerusalem - The Old City. Since the time of Jesus - Jerusalem has grown tremendously - now a very busy bustling city - filled with modern structures - public transportation - businesses - apartments and homes. While in Jerusalem - we only drive past those neighborhoods - instead focusing only on the Old City - sites of historical and religious importance.
Our pilgrimage today takes us to the Church of the Pater Noster - built on the site where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord's Prayer - the name of the site refers to the "Our Father".
The View Outside Our Hotel Window
Modern Building on the Edge of the Old City
You always start your pilgrimage day with a decent breakfast to sustain yourself as you walk your way through history.
The Cave Where Jesus Taught The "Our Father"
The Lords Prayer In Hundreds of Languages In and Around The Church
Listening & Learning To Billy's Presentation
We then continued on to the Mount of Olives and the place where Jesus wept over the city now known as Dominus Flevit. Afterwards we visited the Church of All Nations built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was arrested and crucified. Our journey continued to the Garden of Gethsemane - the site of Judas' betrayal.
The Dome of The Rock
Kidron Valley - Cemetery Thousands of Buried
The Dome As Seen From Gethsemane
Shepherd with Peter the Donkey - Mount of Olives
Palm Sunday Path - Steep Downhill Walk
Lower Kidron Valley
Dominus Flevit Church
Our Team - Chaplain Arlene - Father Matt - Deacon Dale - Guide Billy
Garden at Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane Olive Trees
The Golden Gate viewed from Gethsemane
Church of All Nations
Rock Inside Church of All Nations Where Jesus Wept
Carving in Garden of Gethsemane
Church of All Nations
From the Garden at Gethesame we walked to Herod's Gate and the site of King David's Tomb and the Upper Room in the Jewish Quarter.
Heading To Upper Room & King David's Tomb
The Upper Room - Site of the Last Supper
Group Posing by Tree Donated by St. Pope John Paul II
King David's Tomb
Lunch time again - this afternoon heading back towards Shepherds Field to Shepherds Tent
Shepherds Tent Restaurant at Shepherds Field
Lunch - Refueling
Recharged - we then headed towards Ein Karem to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist - built over the Grotto of his birthplace where we celebrated Holy Mass - then walked up the "hill" to the Church of the Visitation where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth.
Church of St John the Baptist
Holy Mass at St. John the Baptist
Ein Karem - top of the hill where Mary walked to visit Elizabeth
Church of The Visitation
Church of the Visitation
Tons of cats roaming here
Downhill trek to the bus and the end of another full day.
End of day dinner
Every day of our pilgrimage is filled with so much that one has to stop and mentally review all that has been seen and learned in the day. Half way through our pilgrimage. Tomorrow an optional day of sights.
Praying Our Way Through Israel