October 5, 2014
information about the church of the holy sepulchre
We, at holyladprayer.com, receive many letters and emails from people who had discovered the excitement of sending prayers to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We receive lots emails thanking us for this opportunity as well as stories about their prayers coming true.
Many of you had asked for information about the Church and with this first newsletter we hope you’ll enjoy the information provided about the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Located in Jerusalem, a crossroads for the three major faiths in the world, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is revered by many of the Christian faiths, has ties to the Islamic community and rests not far from some of Judaism’s most holy places. There are many things about the Church of the Holy Sepulchre that many people are not aware of, and we wanted to take this chance to bring to light some of the fascinating and remarkable things that this church is known for. It might give a better understanding as to why the church is venerated by so many, and why it brings peace and hope to many people throughout Christianity.
- The Sepulchre itself is said to be the location of the grave of Jesus of Nazareth. This alone brings many visitors to the church on a daily basis, in order to pray and feel reawakened in their faith.
- This church, in many of its iterations, has been a known pilgrimage place for Christians since the 4th century. It is a place that has endured the place of time, and earned its place in history.
- The church is home to six different denominations of Christianity. Roman Catholic, Greek, Armenian, Ethiopian, Syrian and the Coptic Orthodox Church. While there is some push and pull among the denominations, for the most part they manage to co-exist peacefully. The sharing of this church amongst these denominations is ruled by a complex set of arrangements that have been in place for centuries.
- The site that the church rests on was once the site for a 2nd century temple to Aphrodite. The site has housed a church since 326. At the time that the temple was demolished, it is said that the True Cross and a tomb were found. These items were moved into the Sepulchre of the church.
- The various chapels of the church are dedicated to the differing denominations, and other areas of the church are also “given” to various denominations and within these areas, some changes may be made without consulting the greater community involvement. Within the common areas of the church, where times and services are strictly regulated, a chair cannot even be moved without consulting the entire community. This means that often much needed repairs take years to be agreed upon.
With a sanctuary that has so much significance and importance to so many people, and with so much history of faith, there is no wonder that this holy place brings an incredible amount of peace to so many. A prayer is a prayer no matter where it is said, but prayers can certainly only be strengthened by numbers, and when requesting a prayer be placed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, your prayer will be among hundreds of thousands of others who have visited this place, in person or in spirit, and gained a sense of serenity and peace, and strengthened their faith just that little bit more.
I want to thank you so very much for the opportunity offered by your website to have a prayer said in our name at one of the holiest places in the world. The prayer I submitted was so that I could get a well-paying job with the Government as I was working for the Federal Aviation Administration as a contract employee and was trying to get in as a permanent employee but it didn’t look like that was going to happen. Not long after I received word from you that my prayer had been posted on the wall of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre I was offered the position I had been hoping for. I only wish I had the money to visit this sacred church but until then I gain comfort in knowing that I can always send a prayer request and that it will be posted at the church in my honor. God Bless you all who have made it possible for people like me, with limited opportunity, to “visit” this holy place.
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