Morning in Jerusalem

What a beautiful day God gave us for our first morning in Jerusalem!

We started the day with a short drive to the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives, where we read from Acts 1:6-11.

From there we set out on the traditional Palm Sunday route down the Mount of Olives:

Partway down we stopped at the Dominus Flevit Church, commemorating the spot where on Palm Sunday Jesus wept over Jerusalem:

We read from Luke 19:28-44 and then took time inside the church, which features this awesome west-facing view (a departure from the norm, as churches typically face east):

After some time there we proceeded down the hill farther to the Garden of Gethsemane, which is still home to olive trees today:

After reading Matthew 26:36-46, we headed into the Church of the Agony, or Church of All Nations, for a time of prayer and meditation:

Just a short walk along the Kidron Valley later, we boarded the bus for our next stop: Bethlehem.

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