Day Sixteen - March 16th, 2012

March 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I kind of got lost and my GPS ended me up at at dead end up a narrow steep lane in an Arab village... not a problem though some locals helped me out.  On the east side of Mount of Olives I saw this church and asked the guard what is was.  I happy to find out that I was in Bethpage / Bethphage at the place where Jesus had his disciples get a never ridden donkey colt for him to ride into Jerusalem on.  Luke 19:29-40 - - - Can anyone sing Hosanna? and wave palm branches?

Known as the Palm Sunday Church, you see the mounting stone that it is said Jesus stepped up on to mount the colt.

 

Just about 300 meter's away is this beautiful Greek Orthodox church that overlooks Bethany from Bethpage.  Bethany is was also where Lazarus was raised from the dead.

Today both churches are near the security fence that was constructed in 2003 to protect Jerusalem from attacks coming from Palestinian areas.   That is Bethany on the other side of the fence.

 

Pater Noster is in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives and is now a convent, controlled by the Carmelite Cloistered Sisters. It is located at the site of the ruins of the "Eleona" Basilica, built in the 4th Century by Constantine. The Byzantine church was built over a cave where according to tradition was the place where Jesus hid with his disciples and taught the "Our Father" (Pater Noster) prayer, one of the most important prayers in Christianity. The Crusaders rebuilt part of the church, and a new convent was built in the 19th C.

The Lord's Prayer is presented on tile art in over 70 languages throughout the building. Luke 11:2-4 

 

Here I am standing at the bottom of the entrance to where Mary was buried.  It is a very old church that seems to be quite a ways below ground level.  it is located in the Garden of Gethsemane area at the bottom of the Mount of Olives.

 

This is the empty interior of the sarcophagus where it is said that Mary was laid to rest.

 

 

Southeast corner of the Temple Mount at sunset.

This the Pinnacle of the Temple where Jesus was tempted by satan to jump off and let the angles catch him.  This would then announce that he was the Messiah by a miraculous show.  

Luke 4:9, The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here.

A frighteningly high point that created a 450-foot drop down to the valley below (essentially equivalent to standing on top of a 45-story building and being dared to jump)


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