Trip Start Oct 31, 2007
5Trip End Nov 13, 2007
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After Mass we returned to the hotel for breakfast and to collect the few members from our group that did not attend mass.
After breakfast we went to the Church of the Resurrection, built by Crusaders in 1142 AD over the remains of a Roman fortification and an ancient spring. A French monastic community of monks and nuns follow rule of the Benedictine order.
We returned once again to Jerusalem's old city to follow the Via Dolorosa or "Ways of Sorrow", this time entering through Herod's gate. Our first stop was the 2nd Station of the Cross, site where Jesus takes up the cross (Chapels of the Condemnation and Flagellation). At each station we stopped briefly to reflect and pray. The last five stations are actually inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is difficult if not impossible to describe the impact this had on our group. To walk in the footsteps of Jesus and retrace his passion, death, and resurrection defies words. Everyone was moved deeply.