Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 31: Latin Mass

This will be a shorter post.  I will post pictures at the end to tell most of the story of the day so far.  We woke up at 5:45 a.m. to leave by 6 a.m.  We accidently locked ourselves into the guesthouse where we are staying and had to spend 20 minutes working on the lock before it released and allowed us to leave.  We booked it to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and made it right at 6:30 a.m. for the start of Latin Mass.  There were only about 25 people in attendence, which was a bit surprising.  We sat through the liturgy and readings, getting excited when we heard words we knew.  I spent most of the time simply sitting and trying to take in the history of what we were experiencing.  After mass, we explored the church for a bit before grabbing breakfast.

Jocelyn and I then left for the Jaffa Gate to attend an English protestant service of communion (Caroline wasn't feeling great so she stayed behind to nap for a bit).  We got there earlier this time and explored the area for a bit.  To get there, we had to talk through the Christian Quarter which was largely emptied of shops and shop keepers for the Christian sabbath.  The service was nice and we met some interesting people.

We are about to head out to the Jewish Quarter of the city (the Old City of Jerusalem is divided up into different sections, including Muslim, Arminian, Jewish, and others) in hopes of finding some lemonade or iced coffee.  We are meeting up with people tonight around 6 p.m. to head into West Jerusalem (we ate in East Jerusalem last night) for dinner.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Off to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Sepulchre inside
The dome over the Greek Orthodox section of the church

Caroline saying goodbye from the second floor window