Today we begin with 8 AM Mass at Gethsemane at the rock where Jesus sweat blood. Then to Pater Noster at the top of the Mount of Olives to pray at the place where Jesus taught his disciples the Our Father and from where he ascended into heaven.
Then walk down the Palm Sunday Road and catch the bus at the bottom of the mountain. Then we go to a Jewish kibbutz for lunch overlooking Bethlehem.
Following lunch we go to Mount Zion to see the Abbey of the Dormition where Mary “fell asleep” before her assumption into heaven. I will talk about the Assumption and why we as Catholics believe this dogma.
Next the Upper Room where three sacraments were instituted: priesthood, Eucharist and Reconciliation. Lastly we will visit St. Peter in Gallicantu (where the cock crowed). Here Peter denied Jesus and Jesus was tried and imprisoned over Holy Thursday night.
Many of us will walk from Mount Zion back to our hotel for some free time and my talk on “Palestinians and Israel” later this evening.
All is well. No injuries, no sickness, no complaints. What a great group! What a great trip!
Day Seven, Part One: Mount of Olives and Gethsemane
Day Seven, Part Two: Mount Zion