Thursday, April 9, 2009

Watching and Waiting in the Garden of Gethsemane

"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane ..." (Matthew 26:36).


" ... he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered" (John 18:1).


Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane


A 2,000-year-old olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane


The Church of All Nations (aka the Basilica of the Agony) located on the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane


Inside the Church of All Nations


The bedrock inside the Church of All Nations on which tradition says that Jesus prayed before his arrest: "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want" (Matthew 26:39). In Luke's account we are told: "In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground" (Luke 22:44).



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