Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost in Jerusalem

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord!"  Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!  -- from Psalm 122, one of the Songs of the Ascents.

Today we worshipped at Christ Church, Jerusalem, the oldest Anglican (Protestant actually) church in the Middle East.  David Pileggi is the rector here and gave the sermon on John 20:19f.  It was awesome and the liturgy was Pentecost-oriented and filled with Biblical Hebrew imagery.  We weren't the only visitors to Christ Church as three other bishops and an Archbishop, all from Nigeria, were present.

The Altar of Christ Church, Jerusalem which is designed like a synagogue with Hebrew inscriptions to the Messiah Jesus

Today is a free day and our group is doing various things -- hiking Hezekiah's tunnel, visiting a monastery, visiting the Western Wall, shopping, resting.  Me?  I have been reading this afternoon and found a chocolate ice-cream bar at a local street vendor!  Shalom from Jerusalem.

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