Jerusalem in Israel is one of the oldest cities in the world and is one of my dream destinations ever since I was a young girl. It’s located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It’s a place of pilgrimage and worships for Christians, Jews and Muslims since the Biblical era and it’s definitely a religious site. You can find the Holy Church of the Sepulchre, Temple Mount compound, the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, the Islamic Shrine and many more in this beautiful, ancient city. I’ve always wanted to go here and I was given the chance to do so, thanks to Project Muza.
We did a two day tour in Jerusalem (which you’ll read all about it on my following posts), but I wanted to do an entire blog entry just for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Also known as the Church of the Resurrection by Orthodox Christians, this site is honoured as Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. This church also contains the place where Jesus was resurrected, so imagine the what I felt when I stepped inside the church. I can’t explain what I felt, but I got goosebumps and I couldn’t stop crying the minute I entered the Holy Church.
There’s something about the atmosphere inside this church that made me feel extremely emotional, especially when I got inside this tomb. I didn’t know Raymond was taking photos of me while I was praying, but I hugged him and thanked him endlessly for this picture after we got out of the church. It’s really something worth remembering for the rest of my life.
I went out to buy a couple of rosaries to give to my family and closest friends. I wanted to go back inside the church, fall in line again so I can put the rosaries on top of the tomb for good luck. Just as I was about to enter the church again, Raymond and I saw an Italian priest and we asked him where we can have our rosaries blessed. I was so shocked when he told us he could bless it himself and right then and there, he said a couple of prayers, took out Holy water and blessed our rosaries. I’ve never felt so lucky my entire life. My parents are so religious and I knew this would make them extremely happy. This exact moment made my 2015 extra memorable.
Before leaving, I lit up my candle and prayed deeply and intently for myself, my family, friends and the world. I never thought I could actually visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre but I did. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and I’m forever grateful to be given the chance to do so. BMS.