Tuesday, 22 May 2012

ABC Wednesday, S for Sepulchre

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with  S. Please click also on "Read More".






This was a service of the Greek Orthodox Chu
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the walled Old City of Jerusalem.
The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the sepulchre). The church has been an important Christian pilgrimage destination since at least the 4th century, as the purported site of the resurrection of Jesus. Today it also serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, while control of the building is shared between several Christian churches and secular entities in complicated arrangements essentially unchanged for centuries. Today, the church is home to Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. Anglican and Protestant Christians have no permanent presence in the church.



24 comments:

George said...

Thank you for sharing this important and beautiful church with us. It must have been awesome to be there in person.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do so agree with George, Wil! It must have been incredible to be there in person! Your photos are beautiful! Hope your week is going well!

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful, historic and spiritual place.

Leslie: said...

Stunning to see where Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice!

Leslie
abcw team

mrsnesbitt said...

I agree with George - to have been able to see such wonders so close up must have taken your breath away. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful series of photographs here with us all on ABC Wednesday.

Denise ABC Team

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Spectacular!!!

photowannabe said...

Brings back wonderful memories for me.
A lot more barbed wire and protective things on the top of the building than when I was there in 2001.

Roger Owen Green said...

this is a stunning, spiritual site
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

Wil, I guess I was seeing all the fencing and edge guard around the top of the building. In looking at it again it definitely isn't the barbed wire I thought it was.
All of that fenced area and canvas cover on top of building wasn't there when we visited.

Genie said...

Greek Orthodox churches can be so very beautiful like this one. Amazing all the gold and beautiful statuary. You are seeing so many wonderful sites. Thanks for sharing them with us. genie

jill said...

Lovely pics x

Hildred and Charles said...

How very beautiful. The last two photos are so full of a golden light.
Thanks for sharing, Wil.

Hazel said...

Sepulchre is a word I rarely read anywhere else other than the Bible. Beautiful images. And Via Dolorosa on your sidebar - wow! I like playing Sandi Patti's Via Dolorosa on the piano.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Regardless of the religion, places of worship carry a sense of awe that your photos convey beautifully.

Paula Scott said...

Wow-what a sight to behold! Thanks for 'taking me' there!

Arkansas Patti said...

Beautiful church and I really liked the frescoes. Odd seeing the beauty of the old building with the fencing on the top. Mixed eras.

Hildred and Charles said...

Thank you, Wil, for bringing the 'read more' to my attention. What a wonderful experience to be there and how lucky we are that you share this with us.

chubskulit said...

The word sepulchre reminds me of the latin word that I used to hear in church.

S is for..
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Vicki Lane said...

So much history!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful cathedral and amazing history I can hardly imagine being there in person Wil -- I would love to see it

Ann said...

Like that chandelier of the church. These days, people don't spend so much money on building churches.

Lisa said...

These shots are awesome! Truly a take-your-breath-away trip. Thanks for sharing

Reader Wil said...

Hi Lisa! I tried to comment on your blog but couldn' t . My valid e- mail address was requested. So I did, but it was not accepted. Sorry!

Dina said...

There is just nothing to compare with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.