AN ILLUSTRATED PILGRIM’S NOTE

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October 17, 2013: JERUSALEM

Our breakfast was too early at 5:15AM and left at 6:16AM for our Via Dolorosa going up to the Holy Sepulchre. We entered through the St. Stephen’s Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. We started our 14-Station of the Cross (Via Dolorosa) at 6:25AM with Bishop Gutierrez as the first one who carried the Cross, and finished the Station to Church of the Holy Sepulchre which was built over the site of  the Calvary (Jesus’ Crucifixion) and the Tomb of Jesus. The Church also houses under its roof the place called (Church of) Golgotha, that is to say, ‘a place of a skull’ as well as the last 5 Stations (10th to the 14th Station) of Via Dolorosa. it is named as ‘place of a skull’ most probably because of its form, that of a human being’s skull.

St. Stephen's Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
St. Stephen’s Gate, Old City of Jerusalem

After entering St. Stephen's Gate
After entering St. Stephen’s Gate

Start of Via Dolorosa and the cross we carried while going up to the Holy Sepulchre
Start of Via Dolorosa and the cross we carried while going up to the Holy Sepulchre

Holy Sepulchre houses also the place of Jesus’ Burial and Resurrection: “When it was evening, a rich man from Arimathea arrived; his name was Joseph, and he also was a disciple of Jesus…. So Joseph took it, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and place it in his own tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away,” (Mt. 27:57-60).

Perhaps the high point of every pilgrimage is honoring the Passion of Christ and walking the Via Dolorosa (or the Way of Sorrows), which is the route Jesus walked on His way to the Calvary: “So they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side or Jesus between them,” (Jn. 19:17-18).

While doing our Station of the Cross, the route which Jesus walked on His way to Calvary weaves around between a tangle of shops, houses and kiosks. I was quite scandalized by what I saw as sign of commercialization of a sacred path. We stop at each station, with appropriate readings, prayers for each station, and singing.

After we finished our Station in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, we joined a multitude of people at the Church of the Crucifixion and Burial and queued to get to the last two stations. The Orthodox presence was overwhelming.   This response to the honoring of God is difficult for those of us with simpler views of what pleases God and what gives Him honor, as someone had said.

 536 start of via dolorosa and the cross we carried dur

Holy Sepulchre where the 10th to 15th finished Stations happened here
Holy Sepulchre where the 10th to 15th finished Stations happened here
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Entrance to the Holy Sepulchre Church
Entrance to the Holy Sepulchre Church
 541 Entrance to the Holy Sepulchre Church

entering holy sepulchre where the cross was enshrined
entering holy sepulchre where the cross was enshrined

Calvary
Calvary

Queuing to the Holy Sepulchre
Queuing to the Holy Sepulchre
 546 Queuing to the Holy Sepulchre
 547 Queuing to the Holy Sepulchre

holy sepulchre site
holy sepulchre site
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Our Mass was at the Chapel inside the Holy Sepulchre Church. Bishop was the presider. Fr. Ramil Poquita CP as the main celebrant. It started at 8:10am. The bishop was the homilist. His homily focus on faith like: 1st reading about faith: believing, trusting, obeying. He touched also the Responsorial Psalm as about salvation as redemption. The Gospel reading too which is about dying. Jesus died for us. So, as disciples of Jesus like us: listens, learns, and deepens.

Me before the mass-at a-Chapel within the Holy Sepulchre Church
Me before the mass-at a-Chapel within the Holy Sepulchre Church
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Fr. Ramil Poquita CP was main celebrant at a chapel in Holy Sepulchre while Bishop Dinulado D. Gutierrez DD was the main presider
Fr. Ramil Poquita CP was main celebrant at a chapel in Holy Sepulchre while Bishop Dinulado D. Gutierrez DD was the main presider

Bishop Guitierrez, the presider of the Mass delivered the homily
Bishop Guitierrez, the presider of the Mass delivered the homily

An altar of a chapel in the Holy Sepulchre Church where our Mass was held
An altar of a chapel in the Holy Sepulchre Church where our Mass was held

Group picture of Priests with the Bishop after Mass
Group picture of Priests with the Bishop after Mass
 558 Priests with the Bishop after Mass  559 Priests with the Bishop after Mass

After the Mass Bible passages were distributed and I got this: “To whom much is given, from him much will be required,” (Lk 12:48).

At 9:30AM, the Empty Tomb within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was our next queuing. So we queued five abreast then funnel down to a single entry doorway to enter the Empty Tomb where it is believed Christ was buried and resurrected. With a touch of sad irony, Joseph, our tour guide, had advised us to keep tightly packed together to deter those who might attempt to queue ahead of us or mix with our group. Sure enough, a woman, most probably a tour guide too, skirted round about more than a dozen of people. Many of us were delighted to see her sent to the rear of the queue, yet astonishingly she appeared at the grotto entrance at the same time as us. It is difficult to conceive what formative or subsequent factors shape an individual to be so aggressively pushy and in such a place.

holy-sepulchre-dome
holy-sepulchre-dome

holy-sepulchre Church
holy-sepulchre Church
 562 holy sepulchre (church of the resurrection)  563 holy sepulchre (church of the resurection)

entrance to empty tomb
entrance to empty tomb
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Going to Empty Tomb
Going to Empty Tomb

to-empty-tomb
to-empty-tomb

empty tomb
empty tomb

After Viewing the Empty
After Viewing the Empty

after viewing the empty at the entrance of the Holy Sepulchre Church
after viewing the empty at the entrance of the Holy Sepulchre Church

outside holy,sepulchre
outside holy,sepulchre

When we finished everything in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, we shopped and bought something at a souvenir shop outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After shopping we started to walk at10:25AM to Jaffa Gate and the Citadel (Tower) of David.

after shopping picture outside with james
after shopping picture outside with james

after shopping picture outside with James
after shopping picture outside with James

Me in a Car
Me in a Car

after holy sepulchre we shopped here
after holy sepulchre we shopped here

Jaffa Gate is also known as Bab al-Khalil or Gate of the Friend, the only one of the Old City of Jerusalem gates positioned at a right to the wall. The name al-Khalil refers to Abraham, the beloved of God who is buried in Hebron. This gate leads to the Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish Quarters.

Jaffa Gate
Jaffa Gate

The Citadel (Tower) of David is an ancient citadel located at the Jaffa Gate. This was built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City’s defenses.

tower of david built by herod
tower of david built by herod

tower-of-david
tower-of-david

We rested for a moment at the Citadel, had a picture taking and then we were on our way to Mount Zion. Mount Zion is an elevation west of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The term ‘Mount Zion’ is applied to the Temple Mount or the City of David. For Jews, the term ‘Zion’ refers to the entire city of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. Important pilgrimage sites in Mount Zion are the Basilica of the Assumption (or Dormition) and the Upper Room of the Last Supper (or Cenacle).

entrance to upper room and dormition abbey mt zion
entrance to upper room and dormition abbey mt zion

Zion Gate Street
Zion Gate Street

Before we went to these two important sites, an explanation was made in the Zion Gate Street and then went to the Basilica of the Assumption (Dormition). The church is built on the remains of the Byzantine church of “Hagia Zion” and also of other churches. The Church of the Dormition Abbey is the traditional site of Mary’s Assumption to heaven. We entered to the crypt Mama mary and prayed the 4th glorious mystery-the Assumption

tour guide joseph explain dormition and cenacle
tour guide joseph explain dormition and cenacle

Caenaculum Sign
Caenaculum Sign

dormition abbey
dormition abbey

haia zion or holy zion dormition church
haia zion or holy zion dormition church

Insidde the basilica of assumption_dormition madonna
Insidde the basilica of assumption_dormition madonna

Inside the Dormition Church
Inside the Dormition Church

Bishop Gutierrez inside the Dormition Church
Bishop Gutierrez inside the Dormition Church

Entrance Sign sleeping madonna
Entrance Sign sleeping madonna

dormition madonna
dormition madonna

Me in dormition madonna at dormition abbey
Me in dormition madonna at dormition abbey

oming of the holy spirit - underground of Dormition Church
oming of the holy spirit – underground of Dormition Church

oming of the holy spirit - underground of Dormition Church
oming of the holy spirit – underground of Dormition Church

Me at the Coming of the holy spirit - underground of Dormition Church
Me at the Coming of the holy spirit – underground of Dormition Church

Me at the eucharist
Me at the eucharist

dormition Mary
dormition Mary

Inside the dormiti8n,church
Inside the dormiti8n,church

Inside the dormition church
Inside the dormition church
 599 Inside the Dormition Church
 600 Dormition Mary

Me and the Dormition Mary
Me and the Dormition Mary

Outside the Dormition Abbey
Outside the Dormition Abbey

After we had done everything in the Church of the Dormition Abbey, we walked to the Upper Room of the Last Supper (Coenaculum), the place where Jesus and His disciples ate the Last Supper: “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you,’” (Lk. 22:19-20). It is here also that the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was instituted. Cenacle was also the place where the Pentecost took place.

While we were on the Upper Room, Bro. Millard, our tour guide from Manila and our co-pilgrims, prayed for us 8 priests to have happy, healthy and holy life. And they asked us 8 priests to pray for them too and we prayed for them by extending our hands to them and gave the blessing. After the Upper Room we walked to Harp of David Restaurant for or lunch.

Harp of David
Harp of David

Harp of David and the Dome of Dormition Church
Harp of David and the Dome of Dormition Church

A caption before entering the Cenacle (Upper Room)
A caption before entering the Cenacle (Upper Room)

upper room from crusaders (800 AD) where the Sacrament of Priesthood and Holy Eucharist were instituted by Jesus
upper room from crusaders (800 AD) where the Sacrament of Priesthood and Holy Eucharist were instituted by Jesus

upper room
upper room

Rence and Gem sleeping hehehe at the Upper Room
Rence and Gem sleeping hehehe at the Upper Room

The Shepardic Synagogue of Mt. Zion
The Shepardic Synagogue of Mt. Zion

our lunch was here after the upper room
our lunch was here after the upper room

My lunch food
My lunch food

during lunch
during lunch
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at the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch
at the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch

Viewed from the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch
Viewed from the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch

Me at the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch
Me at the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch

Viewed from the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch
Viewed from the top of the restaurant where we were having our lunch

After our lunch went to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu(“crowing rooster”) located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion. The entrance of the church is from the parking area which is located above the main level of the church. In the courtyard is a statue that depicts the events of the denial and include its main figures: the cock, the woman, and the Roman soldier. The churchis built on the house of the high priest Caiaphas: “Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered” (Matt 26:57) and where He was interrogated and imprisoned. And this beautiful Church commemorates St. Peter’s denial of Jesus after his arrest: “But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him,” (Lk. 22:57; Mk 14:53-66); but made his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. We prayed and went down to holy pit where Jesus was lowered down to this pit and spent the whole night after he was arrested.

St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)

St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)

Inside the St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
Inside the St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)

Inside the St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
Inside the St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
 622 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)  623 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)

Inside the St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
Inside the St Peter Gallicantu (cock-crows)
 625 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)
 626 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)  627 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)
 628 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)  629 Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)
 631 Me Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows)

A caption in the dungeon where Jesus was kept after he was condemned to death
A caption in the dungeon where Jesus was kept after he was condemned to death

Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows) Marking
Inside the St. Peter Gallicanum (cock crows) Marking

Outside the St. Peter Gallicantu (cock crows)
Outside the St. Peter Gallicantu (cock crows)

After St. Peter in Gallicantu to the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed an infirm on the Sabbath: “Jesus said to him, Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your mat, and walk.’ Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Now that day was a Sabbath.” (Jn. 5: 8-9). We entered as well the St. Anne Church nearby, where the tomb of Sts. Joachim and Anne were. We sang and the angel sang with us. We went into the crypt below the church.

After our visit in the Pool of Bethesda, went home to Commodore at around 4:15PM; dinner at 6:30PM and then went to Jaffa Street in Jerusalem for a bottle of beer. We went back to the Hotel before 1AM the next day.

Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem

Me at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
Me at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem

Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem with a bucket of Jerusalem Beer - all kind
Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem with a bucket of Jerusalem Beer – all kind

Trump at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
Trump at Jaffa St. Jerusalem

Lots of Beer at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
Lots of Beer at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem

Me with ots of Beer at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
Me with ots of Beer at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
 641 Lots of Beer at Gimmick (mike's Place) at Jaffa St. Jerusalem  642 Lots of Beer at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
 643 Lots of Beer at Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem

Before we went to Commodore Hotel after Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem
Before we went to Commodore Hotel after Gimmick at Jaffa St. Jerusalem

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