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"
NOW IN THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS CRUCIFIED THERE WAS A GARDEN
AND IN THE GARDEN A NEW TOMB IN WHICH NO ONE HAD YET BEEN LAID"
JOHN 19:41
                                                                           

Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the time of Covid 19

 
Photos taken by Gila in July 2020 when the Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened.  On the day of her visit there were less than five people in the church, all offering silent prayers.  The sepulcher itself was closed and access to the Chapel of St Helena and the Chapel of the Finding of the Cross was denied as well.  But one could walk around the Aedicule in the Rotunda and climb up to Calvary (the Golgotha).
 

Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher normally teeming with pilgrims

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (normally teeming with pilgrims)

 

Orientation to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The passageway towards the viewer (left foreground) leads to the Aedicule or The Sepulcher.  The stairs down to the Chapel of St Helena and the Chapel of the Finding of the Cross are beyond the three lights in the background.  Up to the right is the Calvary or Golgotha, the site of crucifixion. 
 
Station Number 14 on the Via Dolorosa -- Jesus is laid in The Tomb

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The sisters are facing the Aedicule which encloses The Sepulcher which is Station Number Fourteen of the Stations of the Cross

 
The Chapel of Adam is directly below the Golgotha or Calvary

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The Chapel of Adam is directly below the Golgotha (Calvary).  Inside the square glass window you can see a split in the rock, evidence of the earthquake which occurred when Jesus yielded up his spirit.  It is believed that at this time Adam's grave, here, opened and a drop of blood from Jesus fell upon the skull of the first man.  Very often in Renaissance paintings of the Crucifixion, there is a skull on the bottom left with a drop of blood on its forehead.
 

Altar of the Crucifixion, Station Number 12 marks where Jesus was crucified

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Altar of the Crucifixion, Station Number Twelve, belonging to the Greek Orthodox

 

Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross, Station Number 11 is a Roman Catholic chapel

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Roman Catholic Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross, Station Number Eleven

 

Medallion of the Ascension in the mosaic ceiling of the Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Medallion of the Ascension in the mosaic ceiling of the Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross is the only original mosaic from the Crusader period, 12th century

 

Stone of Anointing marking where Jesus was anointed with myrrh and aloes

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

In the foreground under the oil lamps is the Stone of Anointing marking where
Jesus' body was anointed with myrrh and aloes after he died on the Cross

 

Greek Orthodox Catholicon or Choir built over the garden

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Greek Orthodox Catholicon or Choir, believed to be built over the garden
and venerated by Greek Orthodox pilgrims as the center of the universe

 

Courtyard of the Holy Sepulcher church

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

In 2019, on Holy Saturday (between Good Friday and Easter Sunday) when the Ceremony of the Holy Fire is celebrated, there were upwards of 7,000 pilgrims in this courtyard outside the church, waiting for the Patriarch to emerge with the holy fire.

 

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