This place is full of greenery. This church is not managed by Priests but by Nuns. There is a convent near to this church. This place is very calm and the nuns request all the visitors to keep silence. This church is a symbol of respecting all the women in the Bible.
This video is not recorded by a Journalist or any expert channels, but by a simple young lady from Kerala, a proud Indian, who is working as a Nurse in Israel. Her name is Dona Philip Inchikalayil. She is doing 24 hour duty there by taking care of old people there. She is doing this job in her weekend holiday time. She is not doing this for money, but with the love to Jesus and to help the people who can’t afford to visit these holy places. Let’s pray for her mission and success in life.
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History of Mary Magdalene Church
The church is dedicated to Mary Magdalene, the companion of Jesus. According to the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Mary Magdalene was the first to see Christ after his resurrection (Mark 16:9). Although equals, she is usually considered a crucial and important disciple of Jesus, and seemingly his primary female associate, along with Mary of Bethany, whom some believe to have been the same woman.
Church of Mary Magdalene
The church was built in 1886 by Tsar Alexander III to honor his mother, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. It was constructed to David Grimm‘s design in the traditional tented roof style popular in 16th- and 17th-century Russia, and includes seven distinctive, gilded onion domes. The convent is located directly across the Kidron Valley from the Temple Mount.
In the 1930s, Princess Alice of Battenberg, mother of the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the church and asked to be buried near her aunt, the Grand-Duchess Elizabeth. In 1969, she died at Buckingham Palace. In 1988, her remains were transferred to a crypt below the church. In 1982 the Russian Church in Exile canonised the new martyrs of the communist revolution and in May the bodies of Elizabeth and Barbara were moved from the crypt where only private veneration was possible to the upper church of St. Mary Magdalene. Since 1981 Elizabeth and Barbara are venerated as ‘new martyrs’ by the Orthodox Church in Exile at St. Mary Magdalene, Gethsemane. A statue of Elizabeth is among those of the twentieth century martyrs above the West Door of Westminster Abbey installed in 1998. In the changed political situation of the 1990s the Moscow Patriarchate considered recognition of the martyrs of this period including the members of the royal family and her status as a saint was also recognized in April 1992 by the Moscow Patriarchate. Source: Wikipedia