Holy Week is the most solemn, and meaningful, time of the
year for Catholics. For centuries, Catholics have reenacted the events of Holy
Week in homage to Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice for us.
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visiting the sites of Holy
Week, is an incredible way to connect deeply in prayer to Jesus. Below, you
will see a brief breakdown of how modern-day Pilgrims (like early Christians
before them) who are “literally” following in Jesus’s footsteps, remembering
Holy Week, and Christ’s Passion in the very places where it took place:
On Palm Sunday, Jesus made His
triumphant entrance into Jerusalem
riding a donkey. He was welcomed by crowds who worshiped Him and laid down
palms before Him, before making His way to Bethany
he raised Lazarus from the dead.
visits Jerusalem and Bethany on Day 7.
On Tuesday, from the Mt. of Olives
looked out over Jerusalem and spoke to his Disciples of the imminent
destruction that would befall the city. Dominus
is a Church that now sits
on the Mt. of Olives, commemorating the spot where Jesus wept for the city of
Jerusalem. On Tuesday night, Judas conspires to betray Jesus.
visits Mt. of Olives and Dominus Flevit on Day 8.
On Holy Thursday, Jesus and his
Disciples celebrate the Last Supper in the Upper
Room on Mt. Zion
. At night, Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane
and prays in agony, alone, before his arrest. The Garden sits at the
foot of the Mount of Olives, and still contains trees whose roots date back to
the time of Jesus. Now, the Church of All
stands over the Rock of Agony
He was then taken to the house of
the High Priest, Caiaphas, where He was examined and eventually imprisoned.
This is now the site of the Church of St. Peter
as it commemorates
Peter’s denial of Christ (three times) and Jesus’ forgiveness.
visits the Upper Room on Mt. Zion, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All
Nations (Rock of Agony), and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (House of
Caiaphas) on Day 8.
On Good Friday, Jesus was condemned
to death by Pontius Pilate at the Antonia
. Pilgrims who visit the Holy Land walk the true Via Dolorosa
, or, The Way of The Cross. The
starting point is the same as where Jesus’s Road
began. The Stations of
the Cross has you traveling through the markets of the Old City. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
marks the sacred
destination that is Calvary
Crucifixion site, and His Tomb
walks the Via Dolorosa on Day 9 ending in Mass at the Church of the Holy
On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from
the dead in the miracle of His Resurrection, and visited two of his Disciples
at what Luke describes as Emmaus
What is now the Church of the Resurrection, in Abou
, it is believed to be the
site of Jesus’s Resurrection.
visits Emmaus on Day 10.
Labels: Holy Land, Holy Week, Jesus, Pilgrimage