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Day 4- O Little Town of Bethlehem



Dec 9
Early start—7 am. The roads were just awakening with people going to work. The street vendors at the Jerusalem Gate were not even set up yet. Sunday, a regular work day, with the weekend—Friday and Saturday—over.

First stop, the Western Wall and the Rabbinical Tunnel (Western Wall Tunnel) under the buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. Deep underground, the original wall is exposed including the Western Stone which, at forty feet, is the largest stone in the wall. Outside the day was bright and the tempo on the street became busier. We backtracked on the Via Dolorosa to Stations One and Two that we were unable to see previously to visit the Chapel of the Condemnation which sits where Jesus took up the cross.
Jerusalem Model (800x531)
The Basilique Sainte Anne marks the spot at the Pool of Bethesda.
The morning also included a visit to the Shrine of the Book/Israel Museum which houses a detailed model of ancient Jerusalem showing where the original temple would have been located. The recognizable dome of the Shrine is in the shape of the covering of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Shrine of the Book

Shrine of the Book

Next the Holocaust Museum, a sobering visitation through one of the dark periods of history.

On to Ein Karem, an example of the village where Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. In Bethlehem carols were being played and the Christmas tree was being erected. Christmas is celebrated three times per year:

• December 24 (Catholic)
• January 6 (Greek Orthodox)
• January 18 (Armenian)

All three of these religions have chapels in the Church of the Nativity on the site where Jesus was born.

in Bethlehem

in Bethlehem

We couldn’t help singing carols of our own, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Silent Night”, in the original Christmas town.

  1. December 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

    How wonderful to walk where the Holy Family did. I’m certain the experience will remain with you forever. Thank you so much for sharing this reminder of what we’re REALLY celebrating next Tuesday. 🙂

  2. December 21, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Reblogged this on andinindut.

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