Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sky-watching at Chapel of the Ascension

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Sky-watching did not start with our meme SkyWatch Friday.
The apostles were doing it on this day almost two thousand years ago.
The New Testament book of Acts says

He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
- Acts 1:9-11
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Ascension Day fell on the same date this year for both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
I imagine this place, the Chapel of the Ascension, was full of worshiping pilgrims today.
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This is a drive-by shot and I have not yet walked there but apparently, on the other side of the mosque is a chapel, first built around 390.
It was destroyed and rebuilt by various conquerors many times.
A mosque and minaret were added next to the chapel in 1620 and the entire site remains in Muslim possession.
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The main octagonal edicule surrounds the Ascension rock, said to bear the footprint of Jesus as he ascended, forty days after the resurrection.
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It is on the Mount of Olives, in the Arab neighborhood A-Tur.
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More information and interior photos of the Chapel of the Ascension (Kapelat HaAliya) here:
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-chapel-of-ascension
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascension_of_Jesus
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17 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Perfect post. As usual. I hope you walk there soon to show us more.

Jan said...

Dina, fabulous photo and great information.

Liz said...

Beautiful shot. Happy sky watching!

Liz @ A Simple Life

Spiderdama said...

Perfect picture and text for this day!
Happy Ascension Day.
Bless you:-)

Judy said...

Wonderful history lesson, and a beautiful photo!

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for teaching in such an interesting way. Please have a good Friday you all.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Thanks for the historical info about this site....perfect choice for today! I was interested to read about it and wonder if I ever visited it....maybe in 1974; I am not sure.

Mama Zen said...

Thank you for sharing this!

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful post, Dina. Thank you so much.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

chubskulit said...

Beautiful sky shot!

My Sky shots, have a great weekend ahead!

Suzanne said...

Keep your head in the clouds, always. You just never know.

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VP said...

We obviously need some more pictures...

Arija said...

Beautiful Dina especially with the quotation.

Shalom My friend.

katney said...

I remember walking there when we visited over 45 years ago. I had forgotten that it was in Muslim hands.

Pietro said...

Thanks for sharing, Dina.

Pat said...

Thanks for the fascinating history behind this site...really interesting! That's a gorgeous blue sky.