Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday marks the day before Good Friday. On that Thursday, Jesus had his Last Supper with his disciples at the Upper Room at Mount Zion here in Jerusalem. During Holy Thursday afternoon we celebrate the Washing of the Feet by Jesus  as he washed the feet of his disciples before they had together what is going to be the Last Supper.  At the end of this Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples walked down of Mount Zion through the Kidron Valley to Gethsemane to spend the night at the Grotto of Gethsemane. That night, Jesus experienced what is called: the Agony in the Garden Gethsemane or Jesus agony in the garden of Gethsemane – when Jesus had prayed to his father for help and comfort as he understood his destiny, the day after.

Holy Thursday The Agony in the Garden.

Today we are watching the feast of Holy Thursday as we stay with Jesus during his last hours during that sorrowful night before the day of his crucifixion. We start with an evening mas at the Church of All Nations commemorating Jesus as he pray to his father, on the same bedrock that we see today within the Church, while 3 of his disciples fall asleep. Later that night, come the betrayal of Judea as he kiss Jesus to point him to the Roman soldiers who came to arrest Jesus.

When we finish the Mass inside the Church of all Nations, we continue with a candlelight procession from Gethsemane to the place where according to the Roman Catholic church, Jesus was held prior to his trial the morning after.

Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

According to the Roman Catholic Church, after his arrest, Jesus was taken to be held at a pit beneath the house of Joseph Caiaphas, commonly known simply as Caiaphas.  At that point, on the eastern slops of Mount Zion just outside the old (walled) City of Jerusalem, the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu is located today.

The procession to the pit where Jesus was held on Holy Thursday starts outside the church  of All Nations, through the Kidron Valley, along the Old City wall to the south, climbing to the eastern slops of Mount Zion and ending at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. As we shall arrive to the Pit where Jesus was held, we shall see many people praying and meditating on how Jesus felt as he was held in that pit waiting for his trial the morning after and its expected result ending with his Passion and also with his resurrection.

That’s it for today, and untill we meet in my next video, Let’s All live the Jerusalem Experience!!




1 comment

  • I loved seeing such a special time being celebrated in Jerusalem. It brought back many memories of when I visited these places a few years ago. Thank you Eran 🙂