Today we shared the most meaningful experience of the pilgrimage. We entered the Old City at the Lion’s or St. Stephen’s Gate, by St Anne’s Church at the Pools of Bethesda (John 5:1-9) to begin our walk through the 14 stations of the Via Dolorosa, Christ’s route to the Cross, meditating at each and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we had mass. We shared the crosses we carried. As we passed through the streets of the Old City we saw the colorful Arab bazaar, an active scene as it would have been on that Friday long ago. Here is a video of us enroute.
We drove to Ein Kerem, where John the Baptist was born, to visit the Church of the Visitation (Luke 1:46-55.) This lovely hilltop church displays the Magnificat in many languages of the world. Tonight we had our farewell dinner at the hotel.