Visiting Mount of Olive

After our good night sleep we had breakfast and then walked up Mount of Olive. We read the letter of Father Theodores first visit to Jerusalem in Book Nm. 5 page 70 he writes: “ after an absence of 15 centuries, I have at last returned to my country. But what changes! In Jerusalem, everything impresses me, everything, moves me, I have had not the courage to go to the holy places: I feel no need to see, on the contrary I need to close my eys, and when I keep them closed, I see better than when I open them and look around me. In the Patriarchate I have Fr. Marys room. When I open the windows, I have before me the Tower of David (Turris Davidica), which remains unshakable on its base at the foot of Mount Sion.”

The Church “Dominus Flevit” commemorates the Lord’s weeping over Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing?” Luke 13:34

In the Garden of Gethsemane among all the Olive trees we meet Jesus the one who prays. Here he says: ”not my will but if it is your will…” Walking into the chapel of the Grotto of the Betrayal we where very moved, and walked home in silence. We finished our day with the ceremony of “Entering into Sunday” with St. Marys Community.