Showing posts with label Holy Land. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holy Land. Show all posts

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Church of Santa Anna Marks the Birthplace of the Virgin Mary

September 8 is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church of Santa Anna in Jerusalem marks the spot where, according to tradition, Our Lady was born. The fortress-like stone church, dating from the Crusader era, is especially known for its superb acoustics. (Read more at See The Holy Land.)

Next to the Church of Santa Anna is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus cured a paralytic, as described in chapter five of the Gospel of John. (Read more about the history of the Pool of Bethesda at Sea the Holy Land.)

The Church of Santa Anna is also near St. Stephen's Gate, where, according to tradition, St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was killed by stoning. St. Stephen's Gate is also known as Lions Gate and Sheep's Gate.

Pictures from my trips to the Holy Land.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Praying at the Cave of the Annunciation in Nazareth

March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord in the Catholic Church, commemorating the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel in Nazareth to the Virgin Mary, as narrated in Luke 1:26-38, to reveal to her that she would become the Mother of God. Today, a magnificent two story basilica stands at the site. The bottom layer encloses the cave that, according to tradition, was the house of Mary, where the apparition and the Annunciation took place. The basilica is adorned with images of Our Lady from different parts of the world.

Visiting the House of St. Joseph in Nazareth

March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph's (though this year the celebration was transferred to Monday, March 20, because March 19 fell on a Sunday). Next to the magnificent Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth in the Holy Land stands the Church of St. Joseph, under which pilgrims can visit the excavated ruins of ancient homes dating back to the small community of Nazareth at the time of Jesus. One of these homes is believed to be the house of St. Joseph, where the Holy Family lived. The last picture shows a sign at the foot of the altar saying: "Hic erat subditus illis," meaning "He became obedient to them," a reference to the story of the young Jesus at the temple, told in Luke 2-41-51.