St. Peter in Gallicantu

Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
Trip End Mar 18, 2008

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Dear Friends & Family,
Today we visited St. Peter in Gallicantu.  The Church is built on the site of a 5th century Byzantine Church that is believed to be the site of where Jesus was questioned by Caiaphas and spent one of two nights in jail there. The church was later destroyed by Muslim invaders. The chapel was rebuilt by the Crusaders and given a new name: St. Peter's in Gallicantu. Galli-cantu means cock-crow in Latin and today a golden rooster protrudes prominently from the sanctuary roof.  On an even lower level there is easy access to a succession of caves from the Second Temple period. And finally, you exit into an excavated yard which includes a stone trail probably dating back to that same era. Many Christians believe that Jesus followed this path from Gethsemane on Holy Thursday night.
What has always impressed me about this place is that in graphic form we can see part of Christ's Passion.  The distance from the top of the hole in the cistern to the floor is about 15 feet. Jesus was let down and had to spend a night(or maybe two) in total darkness.  The outside steps you can see do go back to the first century.  From here you can see the Garden of Gethsemane and imagine the path that Jesus took when He was arrested.  In my opinion, the Church is the most impressive in Jerusalem. The mosaics are incredible - a truly holy place to reflect on what happened to our Lord. 
We have not gotten many guesses on the "What is This!?" from Wednesday.  Keep trying.
In Christ,
Michael & Jolene
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