Places in Jerusalem where Easter comes alive: A photo journey

Places in Jerusalem where Easter comes alive: A photo journey

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Posted March 28, 2024

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Easter Sunday is the most joyous day in the Christian calendar.  The day marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died on the cross at Calvary as a sign of love for all people so that they can also be resurrected from sin.

During a trip to Israel we had the pleasure of visiting numerous sites throughout the country that really brought the Bible to life for us.  In Jerusalem, we visited several places that were poignant reminders of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  To say that we felt God’s presence and experienced powerful biblical history is an understatement.   In celebration of this important holiday we are pleased to share just a few reflections from our lens.  Happy Easter and Passover.

 

We enjoyed a panoramic view of Jerusalem as we stood on Mount Scopus overlooking the Mount of Olives. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
We enjoyed a panoramic view of Jerusalem as we stood on Mount Scopus overlooking the Mount of Olives. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

 

Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Walking the Via Dolorosa

As we walked the 1-mile length of the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) through the Old City of Jerusalem, we thought about the physical challenge that Jesus felt as he carried the cross along the hilly terrain to his death on Calvary.

  • Ian along the Via Dolorosa. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Via Dolorosa street sign. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Walking along Via Dolorosa - the processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
  • Sculpture of Jesus walking Via Dolorosa. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
 

 

There are 14 Stations of the Cross that depict images of Jesus carrying the cross. This 6th Station identifies a Jerusalem woman who wiped the face of Jesus. The cloth she used reportedly took up the image of Jesus. The Greek translation of this event is called Vera Icon, meaning 'true image', thus the woman becomes known as Veronica. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick"
There are 14 Stations of the Cross that depict images of Jesus carrying the cross. This 6th Station identifies a Jerusalem woman who wiped the face of Jesus. The cloth she used reportedly took up the image of Jesus. The Greek translation of this event is called Vera Icon, meaning ‘true image’, thus the woman becomes known as Veronica. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick”

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection or Church of Anastasis, is considered to be the holiest church in the world because it is the place where Jesus died on Calvary and tomb where He was resurrected.  The Church, which is located in the Christian side of the Old City, contains the last few Stations of the Cross, the Calvary (Golgotha) Altar, the Stone of Anointing, the shrine that holds the Holy Sepulchre and the Tomb.

Courtyard at the Church of the Holy Sepulchure. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

 

Church-of-the-Holy-Sepulchre-outside. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Church of the Holy Sepulchre from outside. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

 

Calvary (Golgotha) altar. Visitors can feel the hole where the cross was erected. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Calvary (Golgotha) altar. Visitors can feel the hole where the cross was erected. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

 

A mosaic depiction of Christ's body being prepared after his death, opposite the Stone of Anointing. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
A mosaic depiction of Christ’s body being prepared after his death, opposite the Stone of Anointing. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

 

Visitors kneel down to kiss the Stone of Anointing. This is where Jesus' body is said to have been anointed before burial. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
Visitors kneel down to kiss the Stone of Anointing. This is where Jesus’ body is said to have been anointed before burial. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick
The ornately decorated facade of the Aedicule--a small chapel housing the Holy Sepulchre. It has two rooms – one holds the Angel's Stone, believed to be a fragment of the stone that sealed Jesus's tomb, the other is the tomb of Jesus. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick