We began our second day at the Garden Tomb where our guide explained that the tomb we would see was not the tomb of Our Lord's resurrection, but it would help us to appreciate what the tomb looked like. In this very beautiful garden, we were all moved by our guide's conviction, and the truth of the resurrection.
The pilgrims then travelled to the summit of the Mount of Olives where they were treated to the spectacular view of the old City of Jerusalem. We then followed the traditional Palm Sunday route into the old city.
On the way, we stopped at the church of Dominus Flevit, shaped like a tear-drop, in memory of how Our Lord wept over Jerusalem. Our midday meal was served at the home of the Sisters of Zion, and we then visited the first-century pavement which is very likely to have been the place where Pilate passed judgement on Our Lord (Gabbatha, as recorded by the Gospel of St John).
In the afternoon, we followed the Biblical Way of the Cross through the crowded streets of the City. Here, pilgrims read from the Authorised Version, and used Collects from the Prayer Book. Our devotion concluded at the ancient church of the Holy Sepulchre, visited by countless numbers of Christians over the centuries.
Our day concluded with a service of Holy Communion under the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. What a wonderful place in which to hear the Prayer Book Gospel appointed for Good Friday.
The Prayer of Consecration moved us all deeply as we reflected on Our Lord's 'death upon the Cross for our redemption', there making 'a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice...for the sins of the whole world'.