August 21, 2014
HOLY LAND (Day 6 - Old Jerusalem): "Via Dolorosa, Golgotha, and Church of Holy Sepulchre" @BoSanchez
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest place and the spiritual center for Catholics in Jerusalem. Pilgrims follow Jesus' steps in Old Jerusalem via Dolorosa, reflecting on the passion and death of our Lord.
Here's a photo essay of our Day 6 experience in Old Jerusalem...
Via Dolorosa "Via Crusis"
Jerusalem's Old City walls, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, have eight gates. All but one (the Gate of Mercy) still serve Jerusalemites and visitors streaming to its markets, and sacred and historic sites. (source: Go Israel)
Herod’s Gate: Despite its name, the notorious Judean king had nothing to do with this gate. In Arabic and Hebrew this north-facing gate, which leads to the Old City markets, is called the Flowers Gate. Some say the name derives from a rosette carved over it. However, in Arabic a similar word means “awakened,” and may refer to a nearby cemetery and the hope of resurrection. (source: Go Israel)
We entered the old city of Jerusalem via Herod's Gate at around 7.30am to avoid the crowds.
The Way of the Cross is an exercise of piety, whereby Christians prayfully follow in a penitential spirit the same way along which Jesus walked, carrying His Cross, from the Place of Judgement, Pilate's "Praetorium" to Golgotha, the Hill of Calvary.
Via Dolorosa is so meaningful because you walk the exact path where historians believe Jesus walked on His way to Calvary 2,000 years ago.
Station I. Jesus is condemned to death
Station II. Jesus receives His Cross
Station III. Jesus falls the first time under His Cross
Station IV. Jesus meets Mary His Mother
Station V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His Cross
Station VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Station VII. Jesus falls the second time
VIII. Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
Station IX. Jesus falls the third time
Station X. Jesus is stripped of His garments
Station XI. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Station XII. Jesus dies on the Cross
Station XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross
XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb
Bulghourji Armenian Lunch
The Jaffa Gate: This was the destination of Jewish and Christian pilgrims disembarking at the Jaffa port, hence its name. It led (and still leads) directly to the Jewish and Christian quarters, as well as to the most popular parts of the market, and to the Tower of David Museum, once Jerusalem’s citadel and now a showcase of its history. (source: Go Israel)
We walked past the Jaffa Gate to get to the Armenian Quarter in Old Jerusalem.
The Zion Gate: Bearing Jerusalem’s earliest biblical name in Hebrew and English, this gate’s Arabic name is the Gate of the Prophet David, as the Tomb of King David, on adjacent Mount Zion, is only a few steps away. Zion Gate leads directly to the Armenian and Jewish quarters. (source: Go Israel)
After lunch, we walked all the way to the Zion Gate.
The Room of the Last Supper
The Wailing Wall
The Dung Gate: This gate’s unusual name derives from the refuse dumped here in antiquity, where the prevailing winds would carry odors away. Nehemiah 2:13 mentions a Dung Gate that was probably near this one. This gate leads directly to the Western Wall and the Southern Wall Archaeological Park. (source: Go Israel)
We walked to the Dung Gate, near the Jewish Quarter, to visit the Wailing Wall.
Lion’s Gate: This portal is named after a pair of ferocious-looking animal carvings that flank it. They are actually tigers, the heraldic symbol of the 13th-century Sultan Beybars. It is also called St. Stephen’s Gate, after the first Christian martyr, who tradition says was stoned nearby. Lion’s Gate, which leads to the Pools of Bethesda, the Via Dolorosa, and the markets, became famous during the Six Day War. (source: Go Israel)
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE with BRO. BO SANCHEZ
- ISRAEL: "Enroute to the Holy Land" (Day 0. MNL ✈ HKG ✈ TLV)
- HOLY LAND (Day 1 - Nazareth): "Kosher Breakfast, Mount Carmel, and Maria di Nazareth"
- HOLY LAND (Day 2 - Tiberias): "Mount Tabor, Capernaum and Mount of Beatitudes"
- HOLY LAND (Day 3 - Sea of Galilee): "River Jordan Baptism & Sea of Galilee Boat Worship"
- HOLY LAND (Day 4 - Cana): "Wedding at Cana"
- HOLY LAND (Day 5 - Bethelehem): "Christmas at Bethlehem"
- HOLY LAND (Day 6 - Old Jerusalem): "Via Dolorosa, Golgotha, and Church of Holy Sepulchre"
- HOLY LAND (Day 7 - Dead Sea): "Ein Karem, Qumran, and Dead Sea"
- HOLY LAND (Day 8/9 - TLV ✈ HKG ✈ MNL): "Genesis Land and Enroute Back to Manila"
- ISRAEL: 8 Tips to Experience an Awesome Holy Land Pilgrimage
Disclosure: We paid for our Holy Land Trip. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. The Next Holy Land Pilgrimage by Bro. Bo Sanchez is on February 10-19, 2015. For more info, you can email Tita Beckie at Beaconlighteventsfirstname.lastname@example.org
P.P.S. The pilgrimage tour costs P340,108 (exchange rate P44.65 - $1) for a couple, broken down into the following:
- Tour Cost: $2,995.00 x 2 = $5,990
- Airline/ Other Taxes: $495 x 2 = $980
- Tip Fund: $100 x 2 = $200
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: $130 x 2 = $260
- Travel Insurance: $45 x 2 = $90
- Philippine Travel Tax: P1,620 x 2 = P3,240
- Airport Tax: P550 x 2 = P1,100
Note: There's a $300/person non-refundable reservation for the trip, which is deductable from the total amount.
Overall, the Pilgrimage tour with Bro. Bo Sanchez is relatively more expensive than the other pilgrimage trips organized with Executive Resources. But it is the best experience for us because of The Feast (Community Worship Gathering) and the Feast Builders who make the trip awesome. :)
TIP: You can decide to book your own airfare if you plan to visit other countries after your pilgrimage.
P.S. When in Jerusalem, make sure to go on an early morning walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and attend the 6am mass.