|Virtual Pilgrimage to Jerusalem|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 20 March 2008 06:34|
Holy Thursday is an excellent time to spend a few minutes with this wonderful interactive map of Jerusalem which enables you to make virtual visits to the various holy places in the city.
It brings back many memories of my own 3 week visit as a young evangelical. In those days, I was exceedingly dim about the differences between Catholics and Orthodox and the various ancient rites to be found in Jerusalem. They were all "other" but I was fascinated so I visited every church and shrine on the Mt. of Olives. I stood praying in Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock (which struck me as the most beautiful of all the sites I visited). With my evangelical sensibilities (Quaker no less!) I found the centuries-old darkness of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher off-putting and was stunned when my native Palestinian guide offered to take me to Mary's tomb.
But I also got to visit an ancient, tiny family home on top of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and see the step in the Church upon which Ethiopian monks had been jealously perched for centuries. I watched but (thank goodness) had enough sense not to enter the little prayer shrine below the Rock upon which Mohammed's winged horse, Burqa, supposedly leaped into the heavens. The Intifaada was underway and it was strictly for Muslims only.
With a click of a mouse, we can see what many generations of Christians longed to see. Amazing.