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“Doing” Jerusalem

Photo by Gila Brand. This is my own work. View...

View of Mount of Olives and Church of All Nations by Gila Brand

Today I finally saw the Golden dome on Mt. Moriah, and Al Aksa Mosque. My first view was from the  Mount of Olives. Looking across the little valley from the spot where Jesus cried over Jerusalem, I sat in front of the tear shaped chapel designed and built by Antonio Berlucci.

I hadn’t realized how large the Garden of Gesthemene is. There are just so many parts to it. At the bottom we found the Church of All Nations, also called the Church of Agony or the Church of Gesthemene.

Our Guide  told us that Jesus crying blood was an analogy to olives being “over” pressed till the oil becomes clear.

Interesting note: The disciples probably fell asleep in a cave in the garden which handily was there!

Unfortunately, I find the presence of overly landscaped grounds and pretentious buildings on top of the simple holy sights verging on the offensive. I try to locate a spot with natural beauty, settle there for a few quiet moments, and reflect back to Jesus’ time.


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