Friday, January 14

We started the day at the site of the Ascension on the Mt. of Olives. Then we overlooked the City of Jerusalem and spotted the position of the major landmarks from the beautiful vista. Then we began our walk down along the Palm Sunday route. We stopped at the Dominus Flevit Chapel, a name referencing “Jesus Wept” (John 11:35) where Jeff did a teaching on the meaning of suffering. Then we continued on to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36) and the Church of All Nations where we had mass. Here's some of the pilgrims enroute.

Then we visited the Shrine of the Book home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model of 1st Century Jerusalem, a wonderful way to understand the city of Jerusalem as it was in New Testament times. After lunch we visited the traditional Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26.) and then walked into the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem up to the Western Wall at sunset when Shabat began and Jewish worshippers came to the Wall to pray.