14 April 2017

Watching with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

In Gethsemane, the Franciscans and Christians of the Holy Land took part in the Holy Hour in the place of Jesus' Agony.

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Two thousand years ago, Jesus lived his agony abandoning himself to the Father at Gethsemane ... this Holy Thursday, in this very place, that event was relived by the Franciscans and the Holy Land Christians who, together, have experienced again Christ's invitation: watch and pray.

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The Holy Hour, presided by the Custos, Father Francesco Patton, began at the Garden of Olives ... Also present were the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa and the nuncio apostolico, Mons. Giuseppe Lazzarotto.

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Immediately inside the Basilica, on the Stone of Agony, red petals are scattered: in this celebration they represent the drops of blood sweat by Jesus.

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The passages from the Gospel of St. Luke that tell about the sufferings of the Son of God during the day before he was arrested and taken to Calvary, is read in several languages to inspire those present to immerse in the mystery of the Passion of Christ.

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After the veneration of the Sacred Rock, the faithful move in procession toward the Kidron Valley, in the direction of the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus was led to spend the night in jail.