October 5, 2014
The hill of Calvary
As we mentioned on our newsletter last month, we would like to continue and share with you our knowledge about the holiest place of them all, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The hill of Calvary, also known as Golgotha, is the exact place of where the cross was stand when the crucifixion took place. After being judged by the Romans, Jesus was led to the site of crucifixion, the hill of Calvary, through the streets of Jerusalem carrying the heavy cross on his shoulders. Since then this path is known as the Via Dolorosa (road of tribulations).
Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. (John 19 16-18)
One of the exciting things about this place is the fact that this place recognized as the place of the significant evens by the religious establishment as well as archeologists and historians. Many prominent pacts indicating the authentication of this site, among them are the shape of the hill, the quarry found nearby and the location of the hill just outside of the walls of Jerusalem in old times, exactly like the new testimony and roman historians of that period tells us.
Now a day the hill of Calvary is part of the monumental impressing building of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It can be reached via small staircase just near the main entrance to the church and very close to the stone of anointing.
On the hill itself one can see The Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross (11th Station of the Cross) and close to it found maybe the holiest point in the holiest church, the rock of Calvary. The exact spot lies under a marbled altar. The rock in the altar covered with silver designed plate with a hole. Through this hole one can reach and touch the crack in the rock where the cross that carried our lord was stand during the crucifixion
And indeed, this is the most visited spot in the church, as well as the most decorated spot, with status, paintings and other ornaments donated through the history by the most rich people and rulers of different nations and periods.
Many pilgrims stand each day in a long line to kneel at the altar, put their hand on the rock and bear their deepest prayer in this spot with its reverberate holiness. Some of the believers who want to absorb more of the holiness comes at the early morning, before the big flow of believers and seclude for long special moments while their hand lies on the holy rock.
We want to end this short newsletter with a quote we received from one of our many members: “Thank god for the possibility to submit my private prayer, through your special service, to this precious place who I could never visit because of my financial situation”.