October 6, 2014
The stone of anointing
Since the 4th century, when the place of the actual crucifixion of our lord was identified and the church of the holy sepulcher was build on this very spot it is the holiest place on earth for us, Christians.
Many of our friends and users of the site send questions about the church and its history, there for we are happy to share our knowledge and send you a series of newsletters about the church.
The stone of anointing:
The stone of anointing (also known as the stone of unction) stands just a few steps from the main entrance to the church, near by the stairs leading to the hill of Golgotha. Pilgrims who follows Jesus last walk, the Via Dolorosa, know it as the 13th station.
On this stone Jesus body was purified and anointed with oil and prepared for the burial.
“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” (John 19:40).
Almost everyone who step in to the church stops by the stone, many of them kneel, put their hands on the stone and pray from the deepest place in their heart. It is not rare to see a believer laid his forehead on the stone and cry as he fill the halo of holiness of this place.
The prayers we receives from you is being placed on this stone as well as it being prayed by a priest in the church. We are also send you the picture of your prayer on the stone with hope it will give you a sense of the feeling and holiness.