|Sunrise Service on the Mount of Olives|
|Seeing the sun come up while we worshipped.|
|This is the group I celebrated Easter dawn with, but you can see a little|
further on there is another group. Little groups were all over the Mount of Olives
worshipping in different styles and languages.
|Me on the Mount of Olives Easter Morning|
|Another view from the Mount of Olives|
After service, I made my way down the mount to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is within the city walls and entered by one of several gates. My goal for the day was to walk to along the Via Dolorosa. I stopped at each station of the cross, including the Rock of Calvary where Jesus was crucified and the tomb in which he was buried, being contained within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
|Easter parade through the Old City of Jerusalem|
|The fifth station of the cross, where Jesus leaned against this wall|
and Simon of Cyrene was enlisted to help him carry the cross.
|At the Ninth Station of the Cross where|
Jesus fell for the 3rd time.
|Stone of Golgotha, site of the Crucifixion and|
12th Station of the Cross. I was able to kneel under this altar
and reach down into the hole in which the cross of
Jesus was placed.
|At the stone where Jesus' body was anointed for burial|
|The Holy Sepulchre, the tomb of Jesus, 14th Station of the Cross|
Take note. it's empty! So special to be here on Easter!
|I attended a Greek Orthodox Service in the |
Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
|The Western Wall where many Jewish people pray|
as they are not allowed any closer to the Temple
Mound where you can see the Dome of the Rock
in the background.
Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem and actually standing in these holy sites was really rather surreal. This was definitely an Easter I will always remember!