Showing posts with label Israel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Israel. Show all posts

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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Angel Frescoes Inside the Church of the Visitation

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, in the village of Ein Karem, high up on a hill, accessible by way of 150 stairs, stands the beautiful Church of the Visitation, marking the spot where, according to tradition, Mary came to see her cousin Elizabeth, as recounted by the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:39-56). The building is full of lovely frescoes and mosaics. Since October 2 was the feast of the Guardian Angles, I thought I'd share some pictures of the angel frescoes from the Church of the Visitation in the Holy Land.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mt. Tabor - The Site of the Transfiguration

August 6 is celebrated as the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus in the Catholic Church, commemorating the events described in Matthew 17:1–9, Mark 9:2–8, and Luke 9:28–36. Traditionally, Christians regard Mt. Tabor in northern Israel as the site of the Transfiguration. Today, a beautiful Franciscan Church stands at the top of the mountain. To access the site, pilgrims must either hike or hire the services of Bedouin drivers, who shuttle visitors back and forth in small vans on a steep, switchback road. On a clear day, the peak of Mt. Tabor affords a good view of the surrounding verdant country side.