Holy Saturday: Service at the Garden Tomb – Jerusalem

Background: The Garden Tomb, or Gordon’s Calvary, is an alternate possible site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, distinct from Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the Catholic and Orthodox believed it all happened. It’s located outside the Old City in East Jerusalem, away from the hussle and bussle of the city. Many protestant groups hold services here, especially on Easter.

Impressions: After a day filled with Catholic masses and the Holy Fires I went to a much calmer, simpler service at the Garden Tomb. The service was started by the Garden of the Garden Tomb (4) and made up of various Arab and Palestinian Christian groups from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza (pastors shown in 6, 12), and Messianic Jewish congregations, including our own in Rehovot (our pastor Jack – 5). Many of the Palestinians from Gaza used their one time a year passes (allowing them to travel to the West Bank once a year) to come. The bulk of the service was in Arabic but was translated into Hebrew and English. It was a great service because to me it proved that religion can unite people (even Jews and Palestinians), instead of tearing them apart.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 27, 2011.

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