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.

Holy Sepulchre

Pray With Us: Holy Sepulchre

March 21st, 2021 
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.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre Prayer Request

The Garden Tomb

March 7th, 2021

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. 

The Garden Tomb is a great place for contemplative prayer. The Salvation Garden team is ready to hand-deliver your prayers to the Garden Tomb and other spiritual and historical sites in the Holy Land. 

Write your silent prayer request today and have your prayers heard in Jerusalem.

The Garden Tomb

A Moment for Urgent Prayers

A Moment for Urgent Prayers

March 1st, 2021
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.
A Moment For Urgent Prayers

St. Peter’s Church

February 22nd, 2021

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. 

You can make a prayer request from this church today. Worship online with the Salvation Garden team. Our prayer warriors will hand hand-deliver your prayers to St. Peter’s and the Holy Land.

Ash Wednesday

February 16th, 2021

Ash Wednesday in the Holy Land

Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent are quickly approaching. The day is commonly commemorated by Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans and many other Christian communities around the world. 

It is most recognized by the ashes ceremonially put on the foreheads of the faithful. This goes back to ancient times, when ashes were a symbol used to express grief.

“By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

 

Local Christians pray on Ash Wednesday in the Holy Land.

In Jerusalem, Ash Wednesday is normally marked with pilgrims and local Christians coming together. Around the empty tomb of Christ in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, you can typically find all nationalities celebrating the beginning of Lent.

This year in 2021, Ash Wednesday and all the Holy days leading up to Easter will look different in the Holy Land. 

Only the local faithful will be here, walking along the Old City’s cobblestone streets. But just because pilgrimages are not visiting, does not mean that you can not make a Holy Land prayer request.

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread’. Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’.” Matthew 4:1-4

 

The ashes are from palm fronds used on last year's Palm Sunday
The ashes are from palm fronds used on last year’s Palm Sunday.

Pray for Love

Pray for Love on Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2021
Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout most of the world by bringing roses and chocolates to our loved ones. It is a day full of candy shaped hearts and stuffed teddy bears. 

This year on Valentine’s Day, you can pray for love in the Holy Land

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

The love each of us prays for may be different. Maybe you are praying to strengthen your love with your husband or wife. You may be praying for God to help you find love. It can also be love for your parents, or your children.

But one thing is the same, we are all loved by Jesus Christ. 

On Valentine’s Day, you can pray for others to find Jesus’s love and accept Him into their hearts. We can make this holiday about compassion and standing with our neighbors. 

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4

Before February 14th comes, say a prayer from your heart.

Our prayer team is waiting to hand-deliver your prayers for love in the Holy Land.

Our prayer team is waiting to hand-deliver your prayers for love in the Holy Land

Coronavirus in the Holy Land

January 24th, 2021

Coronavirus in the Holy Land

Just like the rest of the world, COVID19 changed life in the Holy Land. The streets of the Old City in Jerusalem were once bustling with life. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists used to crowd the cobblestone streets. The churches were once full of people praying together, in the most historical and spiritual locations.

But for most of 2020, the Old City was empty. The shops in the bazaar shut down, even the churches closed their doors. The smell of incense still floats over the alters, but only the local clergymen are here to smell it.

The market stalls of Jerusalem shuttered their doors
The market stalls of Jerusalem shuttered their doors

I like to think now is the time to appreciate the things that we were too busy to see before. With everything closed, and only quietness around, we have time to reflect. We have time to fully dedicate ourselves to Jesus Christ. 

Since Coronavirus started, I have had more time to pray. I like to pray every day for myself and my family. But I also pray for the virus to end. I pray for people who lost their jobs. I pray for people who are sick or families that lost someone they love.

What do you pray for?

A church in Jerusalem
A church in Jerusalem

We can pray together as Christians. Let’s turn to God, faithfully untied. Even if you are physically separated from your friend or family, you can pray online together.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Do not lose faith. Do not lose hope. Remember that God is always with you. Turn to Him during difficult times and His goodness will prevail. 

And even though the Holy Land is closed for pilgrimages, your prayers can still be heard in Jerusalem. The Salvation Garden family is waiting to hand-deliver your prayer requests.

Dormition Abbey

January 17th, 2021

Pray with us: Dormition Abbey

Sign leading to the Church

This church and monastery is one the many spiritual sites in Jerusalem. Christian prayers have been heard from this church, for hundreds of years. 

The sacred building is outside the walls of Jerusalem’s old city, next to Zion gate. Even if you are physically far from Jerusalem, you can still make a special prayer request from Dormition Abbey.

Both today and in the past, the church has been an icon of the Jerusalem skyline. Dormition Abbey was even featured on a mosaic of the Holy City made in the 6th century AD. 

The church was first built by the Bishop of Jerusalem, John II, in the 5th century AD. But the building we pray from today is not the same one. The church was destroyed and rebuilt, more than once. 

It is a story of hope. The ancient Christians of Jerusalem did not lose faith. Because of their conviction to God, we can still pray together in Dormition Abbey.

Today, the church in Jerusalem was commissioned by the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II. Ottoman rulers gave the Kaiser a plot of land on Mount Zion when he visited the Holy Land in 1898 AD. It took twelve years to build.

The name of the church has always remained the same, although sometimes translated into different languages. It was built near the site of Jesus’s last supper and where the Blessed Virgin Mary died. 

The name dormition means “falling asleep”. Until today, the church is honored with commemorating where Mary “fell asleep” and where her body and soul were taken to heaven.

Even if you are not in Jerusalem, you can make a Holy Land prayer request. Join our prayer team in online worship. We will hand-deliver your prayers to Dormition Abbey.

‘And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.’ Luke 1:38

The Church in Jerusalem today

Pray at the Jesus Appearance Site in the Holy Land

Pray at the Jesus Appearance Site in the Holy Land

Write your own prayer request, we will print it and hand deliver your prayer at the Jesus appearance site in the Holy Land.

Jesus Appearance Site

To deliver your prayer requests, The Salvation Garden team visited the holy place of Emmaus Nicopolis, in the Holy Land, the exact location where Jesus appeared after resurrection and broke bread with his disciples. To place your own prayer request, please click here.

The visit was inspiring, spirituality is everywhere, we could feel it in our heart and bones. And the stunning sunset added to it all. We were thrilled to deliver prayers.

Jesus Appearance Site Emmaus - Prayer Request

City of Christians

We held our breath in front of this ancient Byzantine marble stone with Greek inscription stating:

“In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Beautiful the City of Christians is”.

This is where it all happened and He appeared. What a strong place.

Jesus Appearance Ancient Sign - Prayer Request

2,000 Years Old

The earliest church building found in Emmaus Nicopolis is from the 3rd century. Nearly 2 millennia ago, people in the Holy Land marked this unique place as the exact location where Jesus returned to walk among us.

Jesus Appearance Location Holy Land - Prayer Request

Your Own Prayer Request

We took with us over 30 prayer requests and read them softly at this holy place. Being so close to where He appeared after resurrection felt like bliss. Learning that at least one prayer was already answered by a miracle filled our heart with love.

Jesus Appearance Prayer Request

Write Your Own Prayer Request

Through The Salvation Garden, once you write your prayer request, select your churches and click Continue. There, you will see an option to add “Jesus Appearance“, which means we will be honored to take your prayer with us on our next trip to Emmaus Nicopolis. The service fee we charge doesn’t even cover all costs, yet we raised some funds to allow us to continue. Thank you!

Click here to write your prayer request.

Jesus Appearance Location Holy Land - Prayer Request

Burning a Prayer – Like Holy Land Incense

Burning a Prayer – Like Holy Land Incense

After diligent preparations, were excited to announce a new ceremonial option for making holy land prayers even more special – we call it Up to God.

How to Burn a Prayer?

Through The Salvation Garden, believers are now invited to uplift their prayers. Upon writing your personal prayer request and selecting your preferred churches in Jerusalem, after clicking Continue, you can now add this unique option to burn your prayer.

Once a week, we will set up a special fire near Jerusalem and burn the chosen prayers in real fire, under God’s sky, so that the prayers go up to God.

Burn prayer like holy land incense - prayer request

Sending Prayers Up like Incense

Burning the prayer in the Holy Land will fulfill the ancient incense way, as it reads in Psalm 141:2:

“May my prayer be set before you like incense”.

Click here to write your prayer request and send it Up to God.

Burn your prayer in the holy land

Burn prayer in holy fire

Start 2021 in the Holy Land

January 10th, 2021

Start 2021 in the Holy Land

We are calling all prayer warriors for their best prayer requests. Now is the time to strengthen our faith as we head into the new year. In 2021, God is waiting to answer our prayers. Christmas season may be over, but we must stay strong in our belief of Christ.

Start off the year with online worship and have your prayers hand-delivered to Holy Sites in Jerusalem. Members of The Salvation Garden community are already having their prayers answered by the Lord.

“We had a Christmas miracle and wanted to thank your staff for delivering our prayer requests to the Holy Land. God bless all of you & may 2021 bring you joy, peace and good health.”

This anonymous prayer request was given directly to God in the Holy Land. Our prayer team in Jerusalem is working hard to keep helping our brothers and sisters find hope. We can not lose faith in the new year.

When we pray to God, an angel can answer our prayers. Make a silent prayer request now and strengthen your connection with Our Savior.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Even though 2020 is over, we still live in challenging times. Do not hesitate to turn to God. Only He can answer our prayers.

Let God hear your prayers in Jerusalem in the new year. We will all pray together in the Holy land.

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