Yesterday we visited the Church of St Anne, who was reputedly the mother of Mary (mother of Jesus). This church is in Jerusalem, in the old city. It’s a really lovely Church. I lit a candle for Mum and another for Dad.
I have had the privilege of singing for the group in some of the places we have visited, as it seems to fit the mood – so in this Church I sang ‘Springs of Living Water’ as we were about to go and visit the ancient pool of Bethesda, reputedly the site of one of Jesus’ miracles.
The pools have been excavated and there is little doubt that this is the ancient pool referred to in the New Testament. The site was still used into the Medieval period when the Crusaders had control of the city, and the excavations reveal the many layers of settlement.
I am finding the archaeology very interesting, though it is difficult to keep it all in the head from one site to the next. We visited the ancient City of David which is outside the walls of the Old City, and the excavations here were interesting too. We went to the Pool of Shiloah which was part of the water system for the ancient city.
Thanks Anne. Every day is something amazing. Today we are off to the Church of the Holy Sepulche. I think we will spend a lot of time standing in the rain. It’s freezing here (literally).
Hope this reaches you! Your blogs keep reminding me of my trip to the Holy Land in 1982. We didn’t get into Jordan because of the political situation but Jerusalem and several other places bring back great memories. Obviously there has been a good deal more excavation in the past 30+ years! Keep blogging – simply love your reflections. Reading them a good alternative to watching tennis and cricket all day!