From way up in Jerusalem we zoomed way down past sea level to the lowest place on your planet, where the Jordan enters the Dead Sea.
It was a short hike from there to the mountain where the Lord was tempted. I am struck by Benedict XVI’s reflection on this:
To Qumran, where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found, near the ruins of the community of the Essenes.
Cave 4 is where they found the scroll with the Book of Isaiah.
THE NEXT DAY…. EARLY O’CLOCK (we were out the door by 4:15.
On the way to the beginning of the Stations.
We used St. Alphonsus. My favorite.
Moving inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher we visited Golgotha, and the finished the Stations.
The place of the Crucifixion.
Soon after, vested, the server enters the chapel of the Tomb just before me.
We had roughly 22 pilgrims, and 25 minutes for the Mass. Let’s just say that I moved rather quickly. NO… I didn’t use that chalice.
Here’s the note that hangs in the sacristy.
HAH HAH! HAH!