Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Jerusalem's version of empty

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In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre devout Christians can stand in line for hours for their turn to enter the tiny chamber containing the grave.
Only three at a time can fit into the chapel to kneel and touch their head or lips to the simple marble shelf which covers the stone tomb.

The EMPTY state of this sepulchre is the foundation of Christian faith.
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As is written in Greek next to the icon, Χριστός ανέστη -- Christos anesti, Christ is risen.
He is not here.
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17 comments:

Hilda said...

My hair stood on end. For me, this is such a life-affirming post, Dina. Thank you.

JC said...

Well, I wasn't one of the faithful standing in line. I loved the Garden Tomb but the Holy Sc. Church not so much. I'll leave it at that.

Abe Lincoln said...

It was empty.

Sara said...

I was at the steps once but did not go in because I was feeling claustrophobic.

cieldequimper said...

Fantastic post for today.

Pietro said...

Thanks for this post, Dina.
The sepulchre is empty. Jesus Christ said: I will be with you till the end of the world. Jesus lived in his time and He is still living now, among us, for ever and ever.

Petrea said...

Such a pretty picture, Dina, and a perfect choice for theme day, as it reflects the city in which you live.

mommanator said...

love it! how long does one ahve to wait to see it? One day I would like to visit Jersulem!

mire said...

beautiful Dina


This post is wonderful it is the redemptive light of christianity and civilization.


and may the nations of the modern world rise as Christ has risen

have a beautiful day filled with love and peace
HUGS

jeannette stgermain said...

Dina, I love your play on words in the title of this post - thanks for sharing so much of your country that is dear to me - and I STILL have not seen!!! (Israel has been on my list to go several times)

janice said...

What a beautiful concept photo, Dina. Well done.

pasadenaadjacent said...

yesterday when i was participating in the third segment of my "Big day" I found some shelving outside a closed store front. It offered free bibles so I took one. Now I'm trying to find the laments. I think it's old testament.

Kay said...

This is pretty darn awesome!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for taking us to see this place. Such a generous host.
You are a great pal too, Dina. Your warmth is felt & appreciated here on the other side of the earth. Sweet.
Aloha

JM said...

Wonderful interpretation and shot too, Dina!

Reader Wil said...

Great idea to have an empty grave as symbol of the resurrection. Thanks Dina.

FA said...

Alleluia! Indeed, He is risen.

Wow! What a beautiful and profound post. Thank you for sharing this. Although I have never been to this sacred place I still have hope that I will. If not I will continue to strive for the "New Jerusalem" (aka heaven).