Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Garden of Gethsemane, The Sacred Abode of the Theotokos

The tomb in the Garden of Gethsemane was east of Jerusalem, across the Kidron Valley. Finally, the holy Apostles with all the multitude of the Christians reached the Garden. When they laid down the bier with the most precious body, again the Christians began to weep.

All bewailed their orphanhood at the loss of such a treasure. In giving the last kiss, the Christians fell down before the body of the Theotokos. Kissing it, they shed copious tears, so that only towards evening could the most honorable body be placed in the new tomb.

(The Assumption, Holy Trinity Monastery)

Her sacred relics were laid with the greatest honor, while chanting and weeping took place. When the Apostles stepped before her bier to bid her farewell, each according to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they uttered psalms of triumph and thanksgiving and chanted prayers.

(The Great Synaxaristes)

More pictures got to Sacred destinations web site

Remarkably, the Garden of Gethsemane still contains dozens of ancient olive trees that date to approximately 2,000-years-old!

Life of The Virgin Mary p 476

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