Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
Being on a Holy Land Pilghrimage, Daily masses are a norm and for our Jerusalem Day Tour and Pilgrimage, we chose to celebrate Mass at the Dominus Flevit Church in Mount of Olives, the biblical site where jesus wept upon seeing the old city and the magnificent second temple whom he sensed it's future destruction (and is now the Dome of the Rock and is a Muslim area). You can actually have mass on all roman catholic churches around the city of jerusalem, provided that your group will inform the custodians before hand and depending on the availablity of the location. you will just give them a donation and the collections from the offerings during mass.
Fondest memory: celebrating mass at the Dominus Flevit Church is an ethereal experience.
Favorite thing: While Walking Between the Chapel of the Ascension to the Pater Noster Church and to the Entrance of the Palm Sunday Road in front of the Seven Arches Hotel at the Top of Mount Of Olives, there are several vista points along the main Suleiman EL Farsi Road that you can have pictures and videos of the Old City and various attractions in It. you can have a photo stop and then continue on your pilgrimage as you can also have panoramic shots of the old city from several areas of ther palm sunday road and in front of the Dominus Flevit Church.
The Kidron Valley runs along the eastern wall of The Old City, separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. The Kidron Valley is the valley on the eastern side of the Old City which features significantly in the Bible.
The valley is notable also for its tombs. It is the site of many Jewish tombs, including the Pillar of Absalom, the Tomb of Bene Hezir, and the Tomb of Zechariah. There are many Muslim tombs present, as well as Christian holy places including Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint James, and Josaphat.
According to the New Testament Jesus crossed the valley many times traveling between Jerusalem and Bethany.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 45.45" N 35° 14' 21.14" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kidron Valley.
Gethsemane is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives most famous as the place where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion.
According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus and his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest. Overlooking the garden is the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony. Nearby is the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene with its golden, onion-shaped domes (Byzantine/Russian style), built by Russian Tsar Alexander III in memory of his mother.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 46.53" N 35° 14' 23.38" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Gethsemane .
The Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge in east Jerusalem with three peaks running from north to south. The highest, at-Tur, rises to 818 meters.
It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. The Mount of Olives is associated with Jewish and Christian traditions.
The Mount of Olives is frequently mentioned in the New Testament as the route from Jerusalem to Bethany and the place where Jesus stood when he wept over Jerusalem. Jesus is said to have spent time on the mount, teaching and prophesying to his disciples.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 51.36" N 35° 14' 16.20" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Mount of Olives.
One of most charming churches and one of most recognized symbols of Jerusalem (well, at least by Israelis...) is the The Russian Church of Mary Magdalene on the slope of Mount Olive. Right above the Garden of Gethsemane.
The church is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.