Saturday, April 30, 2022

The Fifth Gospel Experience - Day 6

LuzDelMes Experience in Israel

Saturday, April 30, Day 6: VIA DOLOROSA - JERICHO - QUARAM - DEAD SEA

We started early this morning praying at  the Stations of the Cross along the "Via Dolorosa" or Way of the Cross. I offered my knee  pain to Jesus while carrying the cross through the Fifth station: Simon of Cirene helps Jesus carry the cross. 

We finished with the Mass at the Holy Sepulcher at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Then, we prayed at Calvary and the Tomb of Our Lord. (Matthew 27:31–33, Mark 15:20–22, Luke 23:26–32 and John 19:16–18.)

While touring the Old City of Jerusalem, we visited  the Chapel of Flagellation, the Chapel of Condemnation, and the Lithostrotos, the site of the Antonia Fortress where Julius Caesar resided at the time of Christ and where Jesus was condemned to death. (Luke 23:13-25; John 19)

 In the afternoon, we drove through the Judean Wilderness to Jericho. Visited Elisha’s Fountain place. (2 Kings: 2) Visited the ancient city of Jericho from which we  viewed the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights. (Luke 4:9-13)

We visited the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. 

After a long day we had time to relax in this incredible Dead Sea site where no fish lived for the salinity of the waters and you cannot swim, but float. 

Amazing experience.

Expect more about it! My pilgrimage experience began at home.

Maritza Martinez Mejia


Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Member: FWA, MCBD Board of Advisors, ANLMI, 

International Read to Me! Day Ambassador.


Received Crystal Apple Award, VCB Poetry Award, Latino Book Awards 2016 & Author’s Talk

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