On this fifth full pilgrimage day, we walked through the Old City of Jerusalem to part of the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall. We visited Mount Zion, the Upper Room, Dormition Abbey, and the church of St Peter in Gallicantu, where, under the church, there is a dungeon which has been hallowed since early times as the place where Our Lord was imprisoned on the night before his crucifixion. Outside there is a set of steep steps on which Our Lord almost certainly walked.
Today's teaching focussed on the gift of Holy Communion. We were reminded of the seriousness that the Prayer Book attaches to careful and prayerful preparation before receiving Communion. This was reinforced by the use of the third exhortation during our service.
Holy Communion was celebrated in the Chapel of the Maronite Convent, where we also had lunch. We sang hymns in thanksgiving for Holy Communion, as well as the Merbecke Gloria.
It has been a full day. We have explored many holy sites; familiar passages of scripture have taken on new meaning; and we have known Christ to be with us on this special day.