If you have reached the crossroads of your life and feel the need for divine intervention or your worn out soul seeks solace, try walking down the prayer request route.
As you scan the map to zero in on a place of your choice, try considering Jerusalem and its holy sites for your communion with the Supreme Power. If your busy schedule does not allow you to travel, you can opt for sending a prayer request sitting in the confines of your home or workplace. Read on to know more about the holy sites where you can send a prayer request to Jerusalem.
The Garden Tomb
The Garden Tomb was discovered in 1867. Popular belief deems it to be an alternate location of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Christ for some Christians. The Garden comprises a rock formation resembling the shape of a skull, mentioned in the bible as Golgotha or “Calvary.” The blissful ambiance is ideal for prayer and reflection. There are places to sit and rest along the Garden, drinking water and other tourist facilities, including wheelchair access. The site has the utmost significance for Evangelical and Protestant Christians. The site gained Biblical significance when General Charles Gordon (alias Gordon of Khartoum) in 1883 identified a skull-shaped hill just north of Damascus Gate. According to archaeologists, the tombs date back to the 7th to 5th centuries BCE. Visitors can explore the place Monday to Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Alternatively, you can send a prayer request.
Church of All Nations Gethsemane
The name “Gethsemane” has been derived from Gat Shemen in Hebrew, which means olive press. The site, also known as The Basilica of Agony as Jesus prayed here on the night of Passion in his mortal anguish, is located atop the Mount of Olives and surrounded by olive trees hundreds of years old. It is known as the “Church of All Nations” as 12 different nations contributed to the construction. The church was built by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi in 1924. The distinctive design is a unique blend of salient Islamic architectural features. In the 4th century, a Byzantine church was built on the same grounds; subsequently, the Crusaders transformed it into a basilica. One can visit the site from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. During October to March, the visiting hours in the afternoon are restricted till 5 p.m. If time constraints or other factors are a hindrance for you to physically visit the place, you can always send a prayer request to Jerusalem to this site of holy prominence.
St. Peter’s Church
The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus was jailed after his arrest by the Romans, is located outside Jerusalem’s Old City, on the eastern slope of Mount Zion. The term “Gallincantu” denotes cock-crow in Latin, which commemorates the Apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immediate repentance, and reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection. It is also believed to be the High Priest Caiaphas’ palace. You 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 comprises the two sacred sites in Christianity — “Golgotha” or “Calvary” where Jesus was crucified, and an empty tomb that marks his burial and resurrection. For centuries, the key to the church has been looked after by a Muslim family. The visiting hours during summer months (i.e., April to September) are between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. except on Sundays when it closes at 8 p.m.; during winter (i.e. October to March) one can visit the church from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can avoid the serpentine queue at the church by sending a prayer request.
Abbey of the Dormition
The site derives its Latin name from Dormition Sanctae Mariae, which signifies “Sleep of Holy Mary”. The monastic church atop Mount Zion features amongst the most prominent landmarks in Jerusalem. Unlike most of the churches in Jerusalem, which are rectangular, the church stands out due to its round shape, as well as its size, architectural splendor, and location. If you wish to seek divine blessings but avoid the hassle of remembering the different visiting hours, you can send a prayer request to Jerusalem.
Church of John the Baptist
The Greek Church of St. John the Baptist is the oldest church in the area. It is situated in the Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem and serves as an important landmark with its distinctive silvery dome. The church was founded in the 5th century under Empress Eudokia. It contains the relics of John the Baptist, which were sent to various cities including Jerusalem in the 4th century. You can send a prayer request here to seek blessings for the old and ailing or any other niggling worry that you may be facing in your life.