Pilgrims came from many different countries to carry crucifixes along the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Holy Week in Jerusalem’s Old City is full of unforgettable sights and activities. But maybe the most emotional day is Good Friday, when Christians of all denominations, from around the world, carry the cross. They stop at the 14 Stations of the Cross, commemorating Jesus’ last day. Pilgrims from places including Serbia, Egypt, Greece, Montenegro, Nigeria, Georgia, Bulgaria, Russia, Ethiopia and India all gathered here for the Holy Week festivities recently. The procession included Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox (Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Syriac and Indian) believers in addition to Roman Catholics. All joined together as they stopped at the stations, ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. View YouTube video: www.youtube.com Downloads: VIDEOS: - Hi Res Narration: www.megaupload.com - Hires No Narration: www.megaupload.com - Streaming:www.megaupload.com - Streaming No Narration: www.megaupload.com DOCUMENTS: - INTRO: www.megaupload.com - SCRIPT: www.megaupload.com Key Words Holy Week, Old City, Jerusalem, Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Please credit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel for any use of these videos
Though there are many sacred sites peppered around Israel, Jerusalem has a magic no other place can produce. Jerusalem is home to beautiful churches and other sacred and historical sites. Israel has more than a million specifically Christian visitors each year. Many of them spend most of their time in Jerusalem — where pilgrims from all sects of Christianity can pray at the city’s sacred sites. One of the churches that stand out is the gold topped Church of Mary Magdalene — a distinctive Jerusalem landmark on the Mount of Olives. There’s also the Church of All Nations, located at the foot of the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane. According to Catholicism, a section of stone in the Garden of Gethsemane is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest. Protestants, however, believe this to be the site of Jesus’s crucifixion. Above all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City, attracts the bulk of tourists. Within the walls of this enormous church it is believed that Jesus was stripped of his clothes, nailed to the cross, crucified, and buried. The energy in this church is exciting even for non-believers. In addition to their historical significance, many of the churches are architecturally interesting as well. Visitors will delight in the Gothic-style stained glass windows, the 19th century mosaics, and the structural design of the churches.