Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GW Catholics in the cave where Jesus was born!

Day 8

The Muslim Dome of the Rock, just beyond the Western Wall and where the Jewish Temple once stood.  The Temple is where Jesus was presented after His birth, and where He visited and prayed later. 

GW Catholics praying at the Western (wailing) Wall, the only remnant of the Temple.

The Church of the Nativity: the crowds waiting to touch the stone that marks where the Savior was born.  At Mass just before this, I said that at the Nativity, God entered our mess.  It's still a mess!  This was the only place we encountered a line or wait or chaos of any kind.  God was speaking to us!

Amy Kovacs, our campus minister, touching the stone of the Nativity!

GW Catholics in the cave where Jesus was born!   This is the "St. Joseph's chapel"; it's much quieter than on the other side of the wall to the left...a wall that was built hundreds of years after the birth of the Lord.  So, it's the (same) cave of His Nativity.

Milk Grotto Chapel...Mary nursed Jesus and some milk spilled...thousands of miracles have resulted from Mary's milk in the past 2,000 years, including the births of babies whose parents were previously infertile.

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