Itinerary & Photos for 5/19

On Mt. Zion we visit a traditional Upper Room, revered as a site to recall the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). ~  Near the Lion’s or St. Stephen’s Gate is St Anne’s Basilica, honoring Mary’s mother. The crusaders built the church over a grotto they believed to be the birthplace of Mary & dedicated it to Anna & Joachim, her parents, as the traditional location of their home. ~ Just beyond we begin our walk through the 14 stations of the Via Dolorosa, Christ’s route to the Cross, meditating at each & ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we have mass. We share the crosses we carry. As we pass through the streets of the Old City we see the colorful Arab bazaar, usually an active scene as it would have been on that Friday long ago. We then depart Jerusalem for nearby 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. It is well worth the climb to the top.