Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ascension Day in Jerusalem

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Happy Ascension Day to the Catholics and other Christians celebrating it today. 


This is the ancient Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives.


The Eastern churches will be celebrating Ascension next Thursday.
To learn more about the ancient chapel and the holy day please read this article.
You are also welcome to revisit my posts about the Orthodox Ascension prayers of 2012.

UPDATE: The Franciscans just published an article describing their worship at the Ascension Chapel last week. 
UPDATE May 27: The [Orthodox] Jerusalem Patriarchate today published online their photos and videos of their Ascension Day on the Mt. of Olives, May 21. 
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(Linking to inSPIREd Sunday.)

14 comments:

Spiderdama said...

It is a great place to be on this special day! Nice pictures

"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2

Mari said...

I know about Ascension but didn't hear much of it unyil I read the link you shared. That's very interesting and meaningful history. I wish thst one day I'll be able to visit Jerusalem to learn more about historical facts and sites.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful, and it feels positively ancient.

Gerard Michaud said...

I liked the photos.
Alice

Hels said...

Thanks Dina. The Chapel of the Ascension is important because of its historical connections (a footprint of Jesus that he left behind as he ascended into heaven). And because of the architectural model it provided for later buildings in other countries.

VP said...

That's quite a crowd...

Dina said...

VP, the walled courtyard and the chapel are small, so on Ascension Day it is packed with people.

Hels, you can see that stone with the footprint in my post:
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2012/05/happy-ascension-day.html

Mari, if you ever get to Jerusalem, let me know so I can meet you. :)

Spiderdama, yes, that is exactly how it looks there on Orthodox Ascension Day, with many little tents set up in the courtyard, one for each (Greeks, Copts, Syrians, Russians, Armenians, etc.).

Kay said...

There are so many of these holidays that I've never heard about. Thank you for enlightening us, Dina.

crystal said...

Happy Ascension day :)

doodles n daydreams said...

I suppose this is quite a popular tourist place especially for Christians of all walks of life. It looks extremely ancient.

Diana
http://adifferentlenslens365.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/the-kirk-above-plain.html

Jim said...

Wonderful dome.

Ruth Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing this remarkable part of history.

Marie C said...

This ancient architecture just makes my heart skip a beat! The beauty and simplicity of such an important historic structure is wonderful!

ellen b said...

An important part of Christian history. Pretty dome.