Jerusalem is celebrating the ‘Holiday of Spring’ by welcoming pilgrims from all over the world for the Passover and Easter holiday.  Jerusalem will again have an opportunity to display its diversity, gracious and loving embrace of all who enter its gates. While most of the in-gathering of pilgrims on this festival of Spring are Jews, there are more and more Christians of all denominations are celebrating as well.

I spent a few hours in the area of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher marking the comings and goings of the ‘other’ faithful in our city.

Three Pilgrims taking a break

Three Pilgrims taking a break

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Two women in prayers inside the Church of the Holy Seplicure

Two women in prayer inside the Church of the Holy Seplicure

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Women waiting to enter the Coptic Church in the Old City

Women waiting to enter the Coptic Church in the Old City

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Pilgrims come to touch and kiss the Stone of Unction which claims to be the spot where  Jesus' body was washed before burial. This stone was added to the Church in 1810 during a period of reconstruction.

Pilgrims come to touch and kiss the Stone of Unction which claims to be the spot where Jesus’ body was washed before burial. This stone was added to the Church in 1810 during a period of reconstruction.

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