The alarm went off this morning at 3:15 and we began the Via Dolorosa at 4:00 AM. Why, are we crazy! Yes, crazy like a fox. We beat the crowds and pray the Stations with empty streets. It is also about continuity.
We had Mass IN THE TOMB scheduled with the sunrise at 5:30 AM and wanted to carry our crosses through the Via Dolorosa to Calvary first. We had time to touch the top of Calvary with NO ONE else in the Church which is usually packed like a sardine can. We took a quick tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before entering the Tomb for Mass at 5:30 AM.
The rest of the day was great with a free afternoon and evening. We also visited the top of the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall and I gave my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today” looking out over Jerusalem. Enjoy!
Oh, and what did I mean that Jesus came out of the Tomb for us this morning? I told our pilgrims, “Just watch. Today at Mass in the Tomb Jesus will again come out of the Tomb for you in the form of the Blessed Sacrament. His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity will come out of the Tomb for you today.”