Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Maundy Thursday

On April 5th I celebrated Maundy Thursday, which marks the day when Christ met in the Upper Room with the Apostles, instituted the Sacrament, suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and was illegally arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin.

Dome of the Rock
One of my favorite churches we visited was the St. Peter Gallicantu, which means "the cock crowed." It is located on the spot where many believe Caiphas' palace was located. We read of this story in Matthew 26, among other places. I loved the way the Church displayed Peter's three denials of knowning Christ, sharply contrasted with his three declarations that he loved the Lord in John 21, which is one of my favorite chapters in the New Testament. Whatever Peter may have done, the Resurrected Savior clearly showed His faith in Peter as His senior Apostle; and Peter became the great Apostle the moment he committed forever to Christ on the shore of Galilee.

Peter's denials
Peter's affirmations

Daniel made some new friends :)

We read the account of Jesus in Gethsemane under these Olive trees on the Mount of Olives