Tour Day Eight, Jan 17

Via Dolorosa, Upper Room, Israel Museum, Ein Kerem ~ Today we shared onw of the most meaningful experience of the pilgrimage.  We entered the Old City through the Lion’s or St. Stephen’s Gate to 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 had mass. Next we visited the Upper Room on Mt Zion and drove to the Israel Museum to see a model of 1st Century Jerusalem and also the Scroll of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Later we departed 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.