D287. June 15. The Holly Center of the Universe – Part 2

Jerusalem. Yerushalayim. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
In the Souk, in Arab streets, signs of Jesus can already be noticed…

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We loose our way several times in that maze of small identical lanes but, hopefully, there is always someone to tell us were to go. Everyone gets that we are probably not here to by a carpet but more likely to go to the Holy Sepulcher…

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The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the sepulcher). The church has been a paramount – and for many Christians the most important – pilgrimage destination since at least the 4th century, as the purported site of the resurrection of Jesus.

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Today it also serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. The above lamps that hang over the unction stone are contributed by Armenians, Copts, Greeks and Latins.

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… About the unction stone (The Stone of Anointing)… Tradition claims its is the spot where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial. Do those two women kissing it know the present stone was only added in the 1810 reconstruction of the church ???

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This evocative painting overhangs the entrance of the Aedicule, in the centre of the church rotunda. This chapel contains the Holy Sepulcher itself.

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But neither Lillian nor me entered the place. In fact, we were less impressed by the historicity of the place than by was going on there : processions were taking place in every single part of the Church and we ere trying to follow them as discretely as possible…

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Which wasn’t an easy thing since I was wearing shorts. So Lillian was covering me…

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When we entered the church, we were stroke by this woman, who looked like a Pieta.

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When we finally got out of the church one hour later… It looked like she had gave up…

2 thoughts on “D287. June 15. The Holly Center of the Universe – Part 2

  1. I went there and the only thing you could consider is that “Faith don’t need to be logic or with common sense” I think it’s most like dreaming with open eyes and be convince that it’s true !!

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