Six Israeli Border Guard policemen were there at the entrance to the tiny room which contains the tomb of Jesus. To keep order.
Hundreds of eager pilgrims and tourists were in line, waiting for their one minute inside.
Hundreds more were there on that Easter in 2012 when I took this picture, filling every space in the huge Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Just recently I was surprised and happy to find something new in the ancient church--this police barricade or small fence which now says
"Holy ceremony"!On the sides are the insignia of the Jerusalem District Police.
I must admit, it is a big improvement over the older ones in the first photo, which say in Hebrew "Mishtarah," which means Police.
I think it shows more sensitivity. Slowly slowly we are learning. It has only been 50 years since Israel got responsibility for the security and safety inside this holiest of Christian holy places. Be patient.
(Linking to inSPIRED Sunday, Our World Tuesday, and signs, signs.)