Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Prayer for Christian Unity at the Cenacle

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Thursday my nun friends invited me to come along to  Day 5 of the annual  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity .
Every day a different church hosts the community and leads the ecumenical prayer service.

 But Day 5 was in the Upper Room, the Cenacle, which belongs to all Christians, so to speak, because here was the Last Supper and here the first Christian community gathered and experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.


 The only ones to have chairs were the clergymen from the various denominations.
(May be helpful to enlarge the photo.)

On the right is Father  Gregory Collins OSB, who led the service and preached, in ENGLISH! 
He is an Irish Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey and last year he became the Abbot of the Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion (see my coverage of that Mass here).

 The ancient columns and capitals and the six rib-vaulted bays are beautiful to behold.
For Christians I can imagine the Upper Room has much spiritual energy.
And one floor below is the Tomb of David where Jews pray, so Christianity's roots are literally underneath.
At one point the hall was also made into a mosque as you can see in the first photo above with the Muslim prayer niche, the hanging mosque lamp, and the Arabic writing on the window.

Here is one of the two small doors into the Cenaculum.

UPDATE: A short video of the Unity Week's prayer services is now  here
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So for ABC Wednesday, C is for Christians communing in the Cenacle.
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And the architectural elements are linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.
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15 comments:

Adullamite said...

Very intriguing photos Dina.

toby said...

Wow, those are all great - I especially love that stained glass window! Thanks for sharing them at WWDD!

Leslie: said...

It must be quite an experience to go here.

Leslie
abcw team

Reader Wil said...

Not only interesting but very inspiring too. It is important for us to pray for unity of all those who believe in God. Thank you Dina!

Robert Geiss said...

What adventure ! Thank you for the honour of these glimpses. Yes, prayers certainly much needed.

Please have a peaceful Wednesday.

Roger Owen Green said...

It's so sad, the divisions that separate us.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ann said...

So much history in one place.

Chubskulit Rose said...

We need more prayers. Lovely images Dina.

COINS
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Petrea Burchard said...

As always, Dina, your posts fascinate.

cieldequimper said...

We need so much more of this...

Spiderdama said...

This is a lovely place and post Dina! I like these very special columns. Beautiful pictures.

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

With so much going on in the world, we could all use a prayer like this.

My ABC Wednesday

Meghan said...

What a very special place for so many people.

Kay said...

I always like it when religious groups are actually able to come together in peace.

Pietro said...

Very inspiring post, Dina.
I agree with Chubskulit Rose, we need more prayers.