Sunday, March 29, 2015

The varieties of religious branches

The Palm Sunday procession begins high on the Mount of Olives.
The people walk down, cross the Kidron Valley, and enter the Old City of Jerusalem through Lions Gate (St. Stephan's Gate).
The concluding prayer is in the courtyard of the Crusader church St. Anne's.

I have so many photos from the walk of 2007, but here I have selected the ones that show different varieties of branches carried on Palm Sunday.

A long stream of pilgrims!  (You can click a few times to enlarge the photos.)

The friends who took me with them back then in 2008 brought olive branches from their trees in the Jerusalem Hills.

The Old City in the distance.

In the magenta hat, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal.

Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (Ordo Equestris Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani).
And one Arab Scout.  
See the other Scouts in this post.

And bringing up the rear, last but not least,  girl- and boy-soldiers, IDF Border Guards.
Happy Palm Sunday to all the Western Christians who are celebrating today!
You are welcome to see my two Palm Sunday albums:
At the Holy Sepulchre 2007
The procession from Mt. of Olives 2008


William Kendall said...

The view to the Old City particular draws me in. It'll be busy there this week.

Beautiful shots, Dina!

Tania said...

Just beautiful! I have some good friends there today:-)

Cloudia said...

really show what Jerusalem is to so many! Great post

ALOHA from Honolulu

VP said...

Some variety... and good to the border guards around!

Pietro Brosio said...

Great sequence of images, Dina!

Kay said...

Amazing photos, Dina. Rather interesting to see the armed guards at the back though.