Journeying in Jerusalem – Orthodox Easter

rachlf —  May 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

Greetings from sunny Jerusalem! As some of you might remember from our last post, on Friday the 6th grade group that is headed to Boston this summer got a chance to experience and learn about Orthodox Easter in the Old City. The group gathered on Good Friday in a very hot, crowded and traffic congested Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The Orthodox Christian members of the group graciously included everyone in their celebrations and took the time to teach everyone a little bit more about their traditions, beliefs, and culture – this can only happen in Kids4Peace!

Lamar and his mom Joyce enjoying a chocolate Easter egg.

Lamar and his mom Joyce enjoying a chocolate Easter egg.

Pilgrims entering the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Pilgrims entering the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

A highlight of the day came thanks to Selena and her dad Michel who are Syrian Orthodox. They took the group inside the Holy Sepulcher to their sacred space, a hidden cavern dating back to the 4th century that is decorated with many icons representing their faith. Directly adjacent to this space are the tombs of the two people whom they believe brought Jesus down from the cross. What an experience to have, on this day, in Jerusalem! The Church was filled with pilgrims in different dress, speaking different languages, practicing different rituals all in honor of the holiday. It was an amazing experience with a group of attentive, curious and respectful kids!

Inside of the Church.

Inside of the Church.

Enjoying the day (and a chocolate egg) with Kids4Peace!

Enjoying the day (and a chocolate egg) with Kids4Peace!

We would like to especially thank Lamar, Joyce, Maysa, Loure, Selena and Michel for teaching us, sharing your stories, traditions, and customs surrounding this special day. What a wonderful example of all that Kids4Peace is doing! We’re looking forward to more special experiences in Jerusalem!

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