Faith Lessons For St. Patrick’s Day

Faith Lessons For St. Patrick’s Day

Even if you are not catholic, buckets of gold and leprechauns will floor your life in March. These modern day trinkets, have nothing to do with St. Patrick. No matter what denomination you are, powerful christian lessons can be found in this holiday.

God can turn curses into blessings.

Before becoming a saint, Patrick did not have an easy life. He was stolen from his Christian home and brought to Ireland as a slave. Before being kidnapped, Patrick was not a devout man, but hardship brought him close to God.

He began to pray. As a slave, Patrick prayed every day, whenever he could. After many hard years, God spoke to Patrick. 

Listening to God, Patrick escaped and found a boat that brought him home. Later in life, Patrick began spreading the Gospel and returned to Ireland.

Patrick spread the Holy Word throughout Ireland, and even converted his former slave master. They worked together bringing God’s message to the country.

God is always listening, even during your darkest days.

Patrick accepted God into his heart while he was a slave. In Patrick’s hardest times, God guided him. And in our hardest times, we must remember to run towards God. 

Do not run away from faith. Make an urgent prayer request and God will hear you, because God is with us every step of the way.

The bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow is your relationship with God.

We, The Salvation Garden, offer you the chance to send your urgent prayer requests for any reason. Allow us to pray for you! Send your Urgent Prayer Requests now.

Our dedicated team members will personally take your urgent prayer requests to a Church of your choice in the Holy Land and then offer them to our Lord. After we bring your prayer requests to your chosen Holy Church, we will send you videos or pictures to assure you.

Miracle Prayer Request – Mount Tabor

Miracle Prayer Request – Miracle Walk at Mount Tabor

The Miracle Walk is a unique prayer ceremony, performed for special prayer requests only, on the top of Mount Tabor, the holy site of the Transfiguration of Jesus, the greatest miracle of all. Please read this explanation before submitting your prayer request

Transfiguration of Jesus - Miracle Prayer Request

The Transfiguration of Jesus: The Greatest Miracle

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event where Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory – like the sun – upon Mount Tabor.

Jesus and three of His apostles – Peter, James, and John – go to pray on a mountain, later referred to as the Mount of Transfiguration and identified as Mount Tabor in the Holy Land.

On the mountaintop, while praying, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the Biblical figures Moses and Elijah appear next to Him and He speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by the voice of God the Father.

The transfiguration is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. This miracle is unique among others that appear in the canonical gospels, in that the miracle happens to Jesus Himself. Thomas Aquinas considered the transfiguration “the greatest miracle” in that it complemented baptism and showed the perfection of life in Heaven.

For The Salvation Garden, as a praying community, the Transfiguration miracle has a unique importance, as it happened during prayer and the voice of God was heard on the top of the mountain.

In Christian teachings, the transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on Mount Tabor is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place of the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus Himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth.

Mount Tabor Transfiguration Prayer Request

Mount Tabor: Where Miracles Happen

Since the 3rd century, most Christians have identified Mount Tabor as the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

At the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, Mount Tabor is shaped almost like half a sphere, suddenly rising from rather flat surroundings and reaching a height of 575 meters (1,886 feet), thus dominating by a good 450 meters the the plain below.

Mount Tabor, in the North of the Holy Land, has long been a place of Christian pilgrimage. Until today, Mount Tabor is the site of the Church of Transfiguration.

When in need of a miracle – a personal miracle, a healing miracle, or any other celestial help – believers travel far to visit Mount Tabor and pray.

The Miracle Walk Ceremony: Prayer Request for a Miracle 

Following the footsteps of several pilgrims and stories of great miracles, the Miracle Walk Ceremony was developed.

Pilgrims can walk the same grounds upon which Jesus went through the Transfiguration and pray. In this holy site, where the greatest miracle of all occurred, believers feel as if the prayer reaches further into Heaven.

The Salvation Garden team performs this unique prayer ceremony, the Miracle Walk, walking on the top of Mount Tabor, praying at the holy site where miracles happen.

Miracle Walk Prayer Ceremony Mount Tabor Transfiguration Site

Send Your Prayer Request for the Miracle Walk

If you choose to send a personal prayer request for the Miracle Walk, we commit to take your prayer to the top of Mount Tabor, walk there while praying your request, and hope together with you that all of our prayers be heard and answered.

Clearly, we do not and cannot guarantee a miracle. While this holy site has seen miracles before, this is not for humans to decide nor promise. Only God has the answers.

The Miracle Walk practically takes a whole day. Your donation helps us to cover at least part of the costs, which include 2-3 hours drive in each direction, an hour long walk and prayer ceremony, security arrangements, and other administrative work.

The Miracle Walk is limited in availability and we can only perform it once or twice a month, so when submitting your prayer request, please allow 1-2 weeks until completion.

After the Miracle Walk, to make it more memorable, we will send to you a photo of your printed prayer request on top of the Tabor mountain.

Please click here to write your prayer request. Then, after you select at least one church, click Continue and there select the Miracle Walk option. 

Valley of Elah: Prayer Request for Winning

Valley of Elah: Where David Defeated Goliath

Do you need to win over something? Be bigger than your fears, like in the biblical story of David and Goliath!

Join us for a special prayer in the Valley of Elah, in the heart of the Holy Land, at the exact historic site of the famous battle between David and Goliath.

Valley of Elah Prayer Request

To place your prayer request for the special delegation to the Valley of Elah, please click here. There, write your personal prayer request, select at least one holy church, and click Continue. In the next page, select the Valley of Elah option. Your generous donations cover the travel and security arrangements, thank you!

Valley of Elah Prayer Request for Winning

David and Goliath: Faith of Strength

The Bible tells us how the Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet tall and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was Goliath. Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were terrified of Goliath.

One day, David, the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the battle lines by his father to bring back news of his brothers. David was just a young teenager at the time. While there, David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance, and he saw the great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David responded, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?”

So David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some persuasion, but King Saul finally agreed to let David oppose the giant. Dressed in his simple tunic, carrying his shepherd’s staff, sling, and a pouch full of stones, David approached Goliath. The giant cursed at him, hurling threats and insults.

David said to the Philistine:

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied … today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel … it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath’s head. It found a hole in the armor and sank into the giant’s forehead. He fell face down on the ground. David then took Goliath’s sword, killed him and cut off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. The Israelites pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their camp.

Prayer Request for Winning, Healing, Faith

Sometimes prayer is the answer. The team of The Salvation Garden works hard to take prayer requests from all around the world to the holy sites of the Holy Land. The heartwarming thank-you letters give us the energy to continue. The stories about prayers answered and true miracles strengthen our faith.

Most days, we pray for you at the holy churches of Jerusalem. From time to time, we arrange a special delegation to an important pilgrimage site, taking your prayer requests to the most unique sites of Israel, where Jesus lived and preached.

This time, we invite you to join us in prayer at the ancient site of the Valley of Elah, the place where David defeated Goliath. This is where the bible teaches us that size doesn’t matter and doesn’t determine what’s possible for each and very one of us.

We can all do unimaginable things, conquer our fears, win, heal, help others. Just like the young David did, with faith in the Lord.

We believe that anything is possible and that we must not underestimate our capabilities. With a faithful prayer, you too can set your path in the right direction and have God with you along the way.

Prayer Request at the Valley of Elah

The Valley of Elah is located about 17 miles west of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, on the Western edge of the Judean lower hills. It’s not a developed site and a little difficult to reach. The delegation would take both a 4×4 vehicle, some hot weather walking, and security arrangements.

Any member of our community who sends a prayer request for the Valley of Elah will receive a photo of the printed prayer request with the view of the Valley of Elah. We will pray for you there, where David defeated Goliath, where Godly miracles happen.

To place your prayer request for the special delegation to the Valley of Elah, please click here.

There, write your personal prayer request, select at least one holy church, and click Continue. In the next page, select the Valley of Elah option. Your generous donations cover the travel and security arrangements, thank you!

This first special delegation took place on May 8th, 2021. The next is scheduled for later in June 2021. 

Valley of Elah Prayer Request David and Goliath

Ascension Day Prayer Request

Ascension Day Prayer Request

Ascension Day Prayer Request - view from the Mount of Olives
Ascension Day Prayer Request – view from the Mount of Olives

Unique prayer request opportunity on the top of the Mount of Olives, the exact site of the Ascension of Jesus, on Ascension Day

To place your prayer request for Ascension Day on top of the Mount of Olives – please click here.

The Ascension of Jesus

Exactly 40 days after Resurrection, Jesus departed from Earth and rose into Heaven in the presence of His apostles. Ever since, Ascension Day is celebrated on Thursday, 40 days after Easter Sunday.

On Ascension Day, the hearts and eyes of Christians from around the world are focused on a specific point. To the East of the old city of Jerusalem, in the heart of the Holy Land, stands the ancient Mount of Olives, the exact location of the Ascension of Jesus.

Ascension Day Delegation to the Holy Ascension Site

This year, when travel is limited and pilgrimage is almost impossible, the Salvation Garden team plans a special prayer on top of the Mount of Olives on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 13th, 2021. We invite the members of our prayer community to participate in this unique prayer opportunity.

Unfortunately, the Mount of Olives is located in a disputed area, where Israelis and Palestinians had clashed in the past and there is a security challenge. Nevertheless, we plan the delegation to the Mount of Olives on Ascension Thursday and we will take the necessary security measures.

Prayer Request for Ascension Day

To place your personal prayer request, which we will pray for you on the site of Ascension on Ascension Day, please click here.

There, after writing your prayer request and selecting at least one Holy Land church, click “Continue” and then, select the Ascension Day option to be added.

To help with the travel costs, and especially the security measures, we collect donations and we thank you in advance for your generosity. Last year, in the months of 2020 and with Covid-19 related restrictions, the costs were higher than donations, but we were able to close the year and move forward. Again, thank you for any donation, big or small.

Prayer Request Jerusalem Photo

This photo of the old city of Jerusalem, where you can identify the most important holy sites of Jerusalem, is the view from the Mount of Olives. If you fill the prayer request for Ascension Day and select this option, you can expect to receive a photo of your prayer request in front of this view as a souvenir of this magnificent prayer opportunity.

Ascension Day Prayer Request - view from the Mount of Olives

 

Ascension Day Prayer Request - view from the Mount of Olives

Prayer Request Delegation to Capernaum

Prayer Request Delegation Capernaum

The spring season is just starting in the Holy Land and a perfect warm and sunny weather welcomed our special delegation to Capernaum. We traveled to the North of Israel to pray for our community members from around the world. The selected location was specifically selected by Jesus over 2,000 years ago.

Church of 12 Apostils - Prayer Request
Capernaum, Praying Inside the Church

Carrying with us your Holy Land prayer requests, We began the day early in the morning at Chorazin, a ancient settlement also mentioned in the Bible. The antique ruins of a beautiful synagogue tell a story of a strong community that lived here, where Jesus chose to spend several years. The fields around are still green, some with wild barley, as the area was know for growing wheat and barley.

Chorazin Prayer Request
Chorazin, The North of the Holy Land

Following our local guide, we then walked for half a day downhill, surrounded by green fields and wild plum trees. Looking closely at the trees, it’s easy to notice small thorns. Yes, these are no other but the Ziziphus Spina-Christi trees, known as the Christ’s Thorn Jujube. These trees were used for the crown of thorns placed on Christ’s head during His crucifixion.

Christ's Thorn Jujube
The original tree of Christ’s Thorn Jujube

As we continue to walk, a magnificent view opens in front of our eyes. A blue lake reveals itself in the distance, the Sea of Galilee. This view hasn’t changed throughout the many years that had passed. The Biblical view, the atmosphere, the blessing in the wind. All feels the same.

Sea of Galilee Prayer Request
An amazing view of the Sea of Galilee

After several hours we reached the Northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. In this area called Capernaum, after the ancient Hebrew name Kfar Nahum (the Village of Nahum), Jesus chose to live for three years. Here He selected the first Apostles. And more than anything, here he answered prayers and performed miracles.

Capernuam Holy Land Prayer Request
Capernaum, Delivering your prayer request here

Prayers where directly answered by Jesus in this holy place. Jesus expelled a demon from a possessed man here (Mark 1:21-27). He cured a Roman officer’s servant of palsy, the centurion is thought to have had the synagogue built (Luke 7:3). Here Jesus also raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead (Luke 8:41-53).

Capernaum Sea of Galilee Holy Land Prayer Request
Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, Your Holy Land Prayer Request

Today, several churches stand in this holy site, referred to in the Bible as Jesus’ Own Town or the Town of Jesus. An old Catholic church in the Western side, alongside a Franciscan monastery. A Greek Orthodox Monastery to the East’ alongside the Church of the 12 Apostles. In between a long path allows believers to walk calmly and absorb the atmosphere. Not very far above, the Beatitude Monastery has beautiful views of the entire Capernaum area.

Capernaum the Town of Jesus - Prayer Request
Capernaum, the Town of Jesus – Prayer Request Here

This is were we were honored and humbled to carry your prayer requests. One by one, printed, whispered, carried in the light wind of this blissful holy place. We pray that the prayers were heard. May they all be answered, Amen.

Capernaum the Town of Jesus - Catholic Church
Capernaum the Town of Jesus – The Catholic Church

We, The Salvation Garden, offer you the chance to send your urgent prayer requests for any reason. Allow us to pray for you! Send your Urgent Prayer Requests now.

Our dedicated team members will personally take your urgent prayer requests to a Church of your choice in the Holy Land and then offer them to our Lord. After we bring your prayer requests to your chosen Holy Church, we will send you videos or pictures to assure you.

Capernuam Holy Land Prayer Request

Holy Sepulchre

Pray With Us: Holy Sepulchre

Pray With Us: Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre contains the two holiest sites in Christianity. Inside the sacred halls is Calvary, the site where Jesus was crucified for our sins. There is also Jesus’s empty tomb, the spot where He was buried and resurrected. 

We can pray together from this ancient and spiritual church in Jerusalem. 

The church is inside the Christian quarter of Jerusalem’s old city. The final four Stations of The Cross, or the Via Dolorosa, are enshrined here. 

The Bible tells us that Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull”. It was a stone quarry, just outside the city walls. 

In 312 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine had a vision of the Cross. He converted to Christianity after receiving the sign from God and sent his mother to search for Golgotha. 

Empress Helen found a tomb that fit the Gospel’s description of the Calvary. All of the dirt and debris that had gathered with time and neglect was removed. A rock-cut tomb and a relic of the Cross were found underneath!

Holy Sepulchre 
A woman prays outside the historic doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

A church was built in 326 AD at the newly identified tomb of Jesus. The wooden doors at the main entrance are the same doors commissioned by Constantine over a thousand years ago.

Your prayers can be answered at the Calvary! 

Inside the church, a stairway leads up to the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. It is the most extravagant part of the Holy Sepulchre. Ornate gold decorates the place where Jesus died on the Cross. 

Holy Sepulchre 
Picture of the alter at the site of Jesus’s crucifixion.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

The Stone of Anointing is at the entrance. This is where Christ’s body was prepared for His burial. A large mosaic behind it shows the anointing of Jesus’s body. 

The faithful praying over the Stone of Anointing
The faithful praying over the Stone of Anointing.

The 19th century Aedicule is a small chapel within the larger church. It has two small rooms, one is the Tomb of Jesus. In the other is the Angel’s Stone, a small piece of the stone that sealed Jesus’s tomb. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3: 

In May 2016, the Aedicule underwent precarious restorations. The $4 million dollar project started after the Israel Antiquities Authority declared the monumental structure unsafe. 

Even if you are far from Jerusalem, you can still have your prayers heard inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Our prayer team can deliver your urgent prayer requests in the Holy Land today.

We, The Salvation Garden, offer you the chance to send your urgent prayer requests for any reason. Allow us to pray for you! Send your Urgent Prayer Requests now.

Our dedicated team members will personally take your urgent prayer requests to a Church of your choice in the Holy Land and then offer them to our Lord. After we bring your prayer requests to your chosen Holy Church, we will send you videos or pictures to assure you.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Prayer Request

Capernaum – Jesus’ Own Town

Capernaum – Jesus’ Own Town

Capernaum, Praying Inside the Church
Capernaum, Praying Inside the Church

Sitting on the Northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the ancient village Capernaum – and in Hebrew Nahum’s Village – is referred to in the Bible as Jesus’ “own town”. Today, it is a very important holy pilgrimage site. Going back in time, this is where Jesus chose to live, teach and perform miracles.

Capernaum – Where Jesus Chose to Live and Preach

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, brought up in Nazareth and preached in Jerusalem. But it was the significant Galilean Ministry years which he spent in Capernaum and where he performed many of His miracles. Capernaum became His home and the Bible calls it Jesus’ “own city”.

Matthew 4:13 tells us that Jesus left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum after being tempted in the wilderness. Here He met James, John, Peter, Andrew all fishermen and Matthew a tax collector, five of His future disciples (source).

It was in the Capernaum synagogue that Jesus gave the Sermon on the Bread of Life (John 6:35-59). “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day”. In this synagogue Jesus would regularly preach (John 6:59, Luke 4:33).

Prayers Answered Here

Christian believers who visit Capernaum these days can visit the remains of His old preaching place. Praying here takes a whole new meaning.

Prayers where directly answered by Jesus in this holy place. Jesus expelled a demon from a possessed man here (Mark 1:21-27). He cured a Roman officer’s servant of palsy, the centurion is thought to have had the synagogue built (Luke 7:3). Here Jesus also raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead (Luke 8:41-53).

Capernaum Prayer Request

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House of Saint Peter

Alongside the excavations of the ancient synagogue, archeologists also found the House of St. Peter, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and one of the first leaders of the early Church.

Your Prayer Request at Capernaum

Praying at Capernaum, where Jesus had answered prayers and performed miracles during His days on Earth, brings us closer to the divine. Knowing that He answered direct prayers of healing here adds strength to prayers here for centuries.

Capernaum is located in the North of Israel and we can’t visit it on a regular basis. But we do go there every few months and update our community members about the opportunity to write and send prayer requests to be delivered there. Every such prayer request will be prayed there and we will send back a photo of the prayer in the location. At the moment, we can’t record videos or light candles at this holy site. Such a trip takes a whole day and has costs, which we cover through generous donations.

Please click the link here to write and send your prayer request, and after the Continue button, select the Jesus’ Own Town option (when available).

Capernaum Prayer Request

The Garden Tomb

Send Prayer Request Online at The Garden Tomb

Prayer Request Online at the The Garden Tomb
Pray with Us: The Garden Tomb

The exact historical site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection have been debated for centuries. The bible’s description of the Calvary gives us some clues. But modern Jerusalem does not have the same landscape, making it difficult to know for sure…

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.” John 19:17-18

In 300 AD, the location of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was identified as Golgotha. However, many years later, a new discovery uncovered another tomb that left many people wondering. 

The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb that was unearthed in 1867. The site has many similarities to the scenes depicted in the Bible. While some archaeologists say it is not from the same time period, it is widely accepted as the possible burial site of Jesus Christ. 

Regardless of history, the Garden Tomb is a peaceful place of worship. Everyone can agree that it preserves a more traditional perception of what Calgary would have looked like.

Architecture alteration and time have changed the tomb at the crowded Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Because of that, many prefer the Garden Tomb for the feeling of being truly immersed into the events described in the Gospels. 

How Can The Salvation Garden Help You?

The Salvation Garden believes that every believer in the world should be easily able to access the holy places of the Holy Land. We want to assist you in achieving success in your spiritual and material life.

Those who are unable to make it to these pilgrimage sites, we volunteer to carry your prayers to one of the holiest sites in these lands.

Click here to fill the online prayer request form with your personal prayer. Choose The Garden Tomb or multiple holy churches and holy places in the Holy Land.

We will visit those holy places and personally deliver your printed prayer request. You will get the delivery confirmation from us to your email and an optional video.

We also deliver your urgent prayer request to the Holy Land. While our service comes free, your donations help us with our travel, printing, security, and other expenses.

The Garden Tomb

Rare Visit and Prayer Request at The Monastery on Top of Mount of Olives

Rare Visit and Prayer Request at The Monastery on Top of Mount of Olives

Very few people had ever entered this holy site, which stands on the top of the Mount of Olives for over 125 years. Finally, under rare circumstances, we are honored to share with you photos and impressions from the inside of this ancient monastery. Delivering an urgent prayer request at the heart of the Holy Land brings heartwarming and blissful moments.

The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives stands east of the old city of Jerusalem and at 826 meters above see level, it is higher. The mount has served as a cemetery of over 3,000 years. It is the exact location where Jesus ascended to heaven. As such, this holy site has been a place of worship since ancient times and Christians from all over the world view it as a major site of pilgrimage.

Jerusalem Old City view from the Mount of Olives - prayer request
Jerusalem Old City View from the Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives is named after the olive groves that used to cover it. Today, there are just a few last remaining olive trees still nurtured. But they are hidden and inaccessible behind the walls of the oldest monastery on the mountain, which rarely opens its doors.

The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters

Since October 1896, over 125 years ago, a lone contemplative monastery stands on the top of the mountain. This is the home of the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Calvary. The first seven sisters came to Jerusalem from France and until today French is the common language. These days, five sisters live in the monastery, all of them for over 20 years, rarely exiting the old walls surrounding the place.

Always Closed - The Gate of The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters
Always Closed – The Gate of The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters

Except for urgent medical care, the sisters do not leave the monastery. And apart for an annual visit of pilgrims from Italy, no visitors enter the monastery. The Benedictine monastery stands like a time capsule in the heart of Jerusalem.

Inside The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters - Prayer Request
Inside The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters

The sisters devote their time to prayers, contemplation, and to their expertise – writing beautiful Christian iconography (and they insist that they write and not paint this magnificent art).

Christian iconography at The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters
Christian iconography at The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters

Prayer Request at the Monastery

This year, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the annual visit of pilgrims did not happen, for the first time in many years. The sisters count on these visitors to help with picking the olives and paying a humble donation. This is the main source of income for the monastery.

The Chapelle of The Monastery
The Chapelle of The Monastery

And thus, under these rare circumstances, very few visitors from Israel were allowed into the monastery. All were Israeli volunteers who came to help with the olives. Among them, a delegate from The Salvation Garden was invited as well, to help with the olives and deliver an urgent prayer request at this holy site.

The Last Olive Trees on the Mount of Olives, behind it the Monastery
The Last Olive Trees on the Mount of Olives, behind it the Monastery

Olive Oil from the Mount of Olives

We’re thrilled to update that a close friendship was founded, with hopes for future visits as well. Also, we purchased the rarest of all olive oil. The only olive oil in the world made out of olives from the Mount of Olives. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Olive Oil from The Last Olive Trees on the Mount of Olives
Olive Oil from The Last Olive Trees on the Mount of Olives

While we can’t promise to deliver your prayer request at this specific holy site, since it is closed to visitors most of the year, we do visit regularly the holy churches of Jerusalem. For an urgent prayer request, we even hurry to pray for you within 24 hours.

Please click here to fill your own prayer request for the churches of the Holy Land

Christian iconography at The Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters

A Moment for Urgent Prayers

A Moment for Urgent Prayers

There are times in our lives when it feels like nothing can go right. In these moments of despair, we must remember our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is watching over us. And He will hear our urgent prayer requests.

Through prayer, we can find hope again.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:1-4

Do not fear evil. He is listening and if it is in His will, he will answer our prayers and provide us miracles. 

A short, simple and powerful prayer will keep you strong. Make a prayer request for healing. Or pray for love and compassion. 

Whatever is in your heart, will come out through your prayers. Do not lose faith. We all need to make an urgent prayer request sometimes. 

God can answer our prayers
God can answer our prayers.

We, The Salvation Garden, offer you the chance to send your urgent prayer requests for any reason. Allow us to pray for you! Send your Urgent Prayer Requests now.

Our dedicated team members will personally take your urgent prayer requests to a Church of your choice in the Holy Land and then offer them to our Lord. After we bring your prayer requests to your chosen Holy Church, we will send you videos or pictures to assure you.

A Moment For Urgent Prayers

The Evangelical Church of Ascension in Jerusalem

Prayer Request at The Evangelical Church of Ascension

Upon delivering an urgent prayer request, submitted online by one of The Salvation Garden’s community members, we visited a phenomenal holy site.

In the heart of the Holy Land, in the Eastern part of Jerusalem, stands the Mount of Olives, the exact place from which Jesus ascended to heaven.

Over  130 years ago, in 1898, The German Emperor Wilhelm II visited the Mount of Olives, gasped in the magnificent view of the Old City, and decided to build a hospice. He honored his wife and named the place after here. Until these days, this is location of the Augusta Victoria Hospital.

Augusta Victoria Bell Tower Prayer Request

The Highest Bell Tower around Jerusalem

Inside the hospital compounds stands a glorious church which resembles a German fort, with a 45 meters high bell tower and a great hall.  At 850 meters above sea level and about 1,300 meters above the Dead Sea, anyone visiting Jerusalem notices the Augusta Victoria tower.

After climbing about 230 stairs, the views from the top of the tower were breathtaking. Looking at the ancient Old City of Jerusalem from above, one can see all the great churches, the big wall and the entire city.

View from Augusta Victoria Bell Tower

Praying for You at Augusta Victoria

To deliver the urgent prayer request we also entered the great hall of the church. Sadly, during our visit the church has marked nearly a full year of closure, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The wonderful mosaics, the amazing ceiling and the huge organ – all were left unseen and untouched for long months. We were honored to walk the isles and speak our prayers softly.

While we would love to deliver more prayer requests at the Augusta Victoria church, it is quite remote and closed most of the time. Yet sometimes we get a special request like this one, who wanted us to pray at the site of ascension, where Jesus ascended to heaven.

Evangelical Church of Ascension Prayer Request

Looking up, the ceiling of the church is so beautiful and powerful. Looking forward, towards the location of Ascension, the marble work is astonishing. And on the left side, almost hidden, stands the Altar from the Schneller Syrian Orphanage, dated 1910.

Augusta Victoria Altar Prayer Request

Prayer Request Under This Ceiling

After prayer, raising our eyes, you can’t stop looking at this ceiling.

Request a Prayer at Augusta Victoria Jerusalem Church - Ceiling

Wish you could have been here with us, praying together for better times. The team of The Salvation Garden will continue to go anywhere our praying members ask us, all with sincere love from the Holy Land.

We, The Salvation Garden, offer you the chance to send your urgent prayer requests for any reason. Allow us to pray for you! Send your Urgent Prayer Requests now.

Our dedicated team members will personally take your urgent prayer requests to a Church of your choice in the Holy Land and then offer them to our Lord. After we bring your prayer requests to your chosen Holy Church, we will send you videos or pictures to assure you.

 

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St. Peter’s Church

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Pray with Us: St. Peter’s Church

Pray with Us: St. Peter’s Church

Today, St. Peter’s Church is an easy one hour drive from Jerusalem. But hundreds of years ago, it would take pilgrims another three days to reach the Holy City. The church was built in 1654 on the top of a hill near the shore in Jaffa. 

Jaffa was once the main port to the Holy Land. Christian pilgrims, from across the world, would first arrive here to reach Jerusalem. St. Peter’s Church, with its tall bell tower, used to be a beacon to these pilgrims. It was the hopeful signal that the Holy Land was near. 

The church was originally part of a crusader fort and citadel. It was erected during the reign of Louis IX, King of France. A statue of King Louis IX stands in the courtyard of the church today. 

Painting by Antoine-Jean Gros depicting Napoleon in Jaffa surrounded by the aftermath of a battle
Painting by Antoine-Jean Gros depicting Napoleon in Jaffa surrounded by the aftermath of a battle.

On the right of the church, two rooms still remain of St. Louis’ fort. Historians believe these are the same rooms where French General Napoleon lived in 1799. Napoleon used the Holy Land as a base, while campaigning in Egypt and Syria. 

Statue of Napoleon in Jaffa today
Statue of Napoleon in Jaffa today.

During the 18th century, the church was destroyed and rebuilt twice. The St. Peter’s Church we know today was completed in 1894. Throughout the many lifetimes of this church, it has always been dedicated to St. Peter.

Jaffa is an important location for St. Peter in the bible. Here he raised Tabitha, one of Jesus’ disciples, from the dead.

“Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.” Acts 9:40-41

 

St. Peter holds Tabitha’s hand
St. Peter holds Tabitha’s hand.

Today, St. Peter’s Church continues to welcome pilgrims from all over the world. There are weekly services in English, Spanish, Polish and even Hebrew. 

How Can The Salvation Garden Help You?

The Salvation Garden believes that every believer in the world should be easily able to access the holy places of the Holy Land. We want to assist you in achieving success in your spiritual and material life.

Those who are unable to make it to these pilgrimage sites, we volunteer to carry your prayers to one of the holiest sites in these lands.

Click here to fill the online prayer request form with your personal prayer. Choose St. Peter’s Church or multiple holy churches and holy places in the Holy Land.

We will visit those holy places and personally deliver your printed prayer request. You will get the delivery confirmation from us to your email and an optional video.

We also deliver your urgent prayer request to the Holy Land. While our service comes free, your donations help us with our travel, printing, security, and other expenses.

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