PRAYER FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
You not only work hard but put in extra hours to be noticed by the management in your office; yet, your fruits of labour bear no result and the much-promised promotion continues to evade you. Or, you are constantly trying hard to land a job or find success in your examination but every time you miss the mark by a whisker. You may be feeling dejected due to a string of failed relationships and have no one to share or realize the turbulence going on inside your mind and heart. If your confidence levels have taken a beating and success keeps eluding you, it’s time to turn towards the Supreme Being. But if travelling to the Holy Land is not a feasible option you can send a prayer request to put your troubled mind to rest. Read on to learn about the holy sites where you can send an online prayer request and achieve tranquility of the soul. You will receive a digital photograph (sent to your home address by mail) and/or a video (sent by email). Barring the Church of All Nations, you can also send a candle request to these holy places.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also known as the Church of the Resurrection or the Church of the Anastasis. It is situated within the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and contains the two holiest sites in Christianity, the site where Christ of Nazareth was crucified (known as Calvary in Latin and Golgotha in Greek), and Christ’s empty tomb, where he is believed to have been buried and resurrected. According to a historian of Christianity and exegete, Eusebius of Caesarea (also known as Eusebius Pamphili), the Roman emperor Hadrian built a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite in the 2nd century AD to bury the cave in which Christ had been buried. Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor, built the church in 325 AD; Helena, Constantine’s mother, rediscovered the “True Cross” during the building of the church. According to popular belief, the Stone of Anointing, just inside the entrance to the church, is the spot where Christ’s body was prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea. If you want to seek blessings but cannot travel to the holy site, you can send a prayer request for success and the fulfillment of your wish.
The Gospels refer to Golgotha or “the place of the skull” as the site of Christ’s crucifixion. The Garden Tomb is located around the corner of the Skull Hill and north of the Old City’s Damascus Gate. It is believed to be the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. You can send a prayer request and discover the spiritual impact of the Garden Tomb.
The Garden of Gethsemane is considered to be one of the most revered holy sites in Christianity. The word “Gethsemane” finds its origins from the Hebrew expression “Gat Shemen” signifying “olive press’. There are centuries-old twisted and gnarled olive trees which many believe witnessed Christ’s last night before his arrest, imprisonment, and subsequent crucifixion. In the tranquil setting of Gethsemane stands the Church of All Nations. The church is also known as the Basilica of the Agony as Christ prayed here in mortal anguish on the eve of his Passion. The most popular spot is the presbytery as a large fragment of the rock on which Christ is believed to have prayed the night before the Passion can be visible in front of the high altar; the rock is surrounded by a crown of thorns in wrought iron. You can consider sending an online prayer request to this holy site.
This ancient monastic church, located atop Mount Zion, has a distinctive blue conical roof, rich interiors, four ornamented turrets, and a clock tower. This German Benedictine church commemorates the “falling asleep” (dormition) of the Virgin Mary; it was built by Cologne Archdiocesan architect Heinrich Renard. The church was constructed on land given by the Turkish sultan to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II to mark the Kaiser’s visit to Jerusalem in 1898. In 1910, the church was dedicated by the German Benedictines. There are two levels: the main church and the crypt; the lower-level crypt is believed to be the traditional site of the Virgin Mary’s home and death. There is a circular pillared hall with ambulatories that centers on the Chapel of the Dormition; there is a carved stone figure of the Virgin Mary in repose (dormition) and above it, there is a mosaic in the dome that depicts Christ receiving her soul. You can send a prayer request to find success in your life.
The church faces the sea (where St. Peter’s vision appeared) and Rome (where he is regarded as the first Pope). The cross at the front of the church stands atop a rock brought from Banias. Christ told St. Peter at Banias that he would be the “rock” upon which his church would be constructed. In Aramaic, Peter’s name is referred to as Cepha, the word for “rock”. You can send a prayer to see the fulfillment of your desires.