As you skim through the pages of travel glossies, surf the Internet or engage in animated conversations with your friends and family to select your next destination for religious succour, one name that crops up is: Jerusalem. This ancient city boasts of a concentration of holy sites that are of utmost significance to devout followers of Christianity. But if undertaking a pilgrimage acts as a deterrent or you are faced by other hurdles, consider sending a prayer request to these holy sites. Let us take a look at some of these places where you can send a prayer request to Jerusalem.
The Garden Tomb
The discovery of The Garden Tomb dates back to 1867. Some Christians consider the site to be an alternate location of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The Garden is referred to in the Bible as Golgotha or “Calvary.”; it comprises a rock formation similar to the shape of a skull. The site is an ideal choice for prayer and reflection. There are places for visitors to take rest, drinking water and other facilities, and wheelchair access. The site is of utmost importance to both Evangelical and Protestant Christians. The Tomb gained Biblical prominence when General Charles Gordon (also known as Gordon of Khartoum) discovered the site in 1883. According to archaeologists, the tombs can be traced back to the 7th to 5th centuries BCE. Visitors can explore the place throughout the week from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to noon and 2-5.30 p.m. Alternatively, you can send a prayer request.
Church of All Nations Gethsemane
The name “Gethsemane” originates from Gat Shemen which means “olive press” in Hebrew. The site is also known as The Basilica of Agony as Christ prayed here on the night of Passion in his mortal pain. It is located on top of the Mount of Olives and surrounded by olive trees which are centuries-old. As 12 different nations contributed to the construction of the church, it is known as the “Church of All Nations”. The church was built in 1924 by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi. The architecture is a blend of salient Islamic features. In the 4th century, a Byzantine church was constructed on the same grounds; subsequently, the Crusaders transformed the church into a basilica. The site is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m. Visiting hours are until 5 p.m. between October and March. If time constraints or other factors act as a deterrent for you to physically visit the place, you can always send a prayer request to Jerusalem to this holy site.
St. Peter’s Church
The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu is located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, outside Jerusalem’s Old City. The site gained importance as Christ was imprisoned here after his arrest by the Romans. In Latin, the term “Gallincantu” signifies a ‘cock-crow’; it commemorates the Apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immediate repentance, and reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection. It is also known as the High Priest Caiaphas’ palace. One can send a prayer request or visit the church from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The holiest place for Christians refers to two sacred sites in Christianity: Golgotha or “Calvary”, where Christ was crucified, and a vacant tomb that commemorates his burial and resurrection. From times immemorial, a Muslim family has looked after the key to the church. The visiting hours during April-September are between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. except on Sundays when it closes at 8 p.m.; one can visit the church from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. during October-March. You can avoid the long winding queue at the church by sending a prayer request.
Abbey of the Dormition
The Latin name associated with the site is derived from Dormitio Sanctae Mariae signifying the “Sleep of Holy Mary”. The site is situated on top of Mount Zion and counted amongst the most significant landmarks in Jerusalem. Although most of the churches in Jerusalem are rectangular, the church attracts attention owing to its round shape, size, architectural significance and location. You can avoid the hassle of memorizing the different visiting hours and send a prayer request to Jerusalem to seek divine intervention.
Church of John the Baptist
The Greek Church of St. John the Baptist was founded in the 5th century under the empress Eudokia. It is the oldest church situated in the Christian Quarter in the old city of Jerusalem and stands out with its distinctive silvery dome. In the 4th century, the relics of John the Baptist were sent to various cities, including the Church in Jerusalem. One can send a prayer request here to seek blessings for your near and dear ones or any other troubles which you may be facing in your life.