Christmas Night Celebration In Bethlehem 2019

Watch this beautiful video of Christmas celebration in Bethlehem.

The Wedding Church Kafr Cana

Have you ever visited to Cana, the place where Jesus converted water into wine. The first miracle of Jesus happened here.

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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Mount Of Olives Jerusalem|Hiking In Israel Olive Garden

Have you ever visited Mount Of Olives Jerusalem? If not, you can watch this video showing each steps of hiking to Olive Garden.

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Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet (Hebrew: הַר הַזֵּיתִים, Har ha-Zeitim; Arabic: جبل الزيتون, الطور‎, Jabal al-Zaytun, Al-Tur) is a mountain ridge east of and adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. The southern part of the Mount was the Silwan necropolis, attributed to the ancient Judean kingdom. The mount has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and holds approximately 150,000 graves, making it central in the tradition of Jewish cemeteries. Several key events in the life of Jesus, as related in the Gospels, took place on the Mount of Olives, and in the Acts of the Apostles it is described as the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven. Because of its association with both Jesus and Mary, the mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and is today a major site of pilgrimage for Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, and Protestants.

Much of the top of the hill is occupied by At-Tur, a former village that is now a neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

Source: Wikipedia

Jesus Crown Of Thorns Tree In Jerusalem

Do you know sharpness of thorns of the tree which was used for making crown for Jesus? You can see the branches are very strong and flexible, thorns are really big and very sharp. Looking at the tree you can imagine the intense of pain Jesus took for us.

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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The Church Of Mary Magdalene | Jerusalem

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.

The relics of two martyred saints, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia and her fellow nun Varvara Yakovleva, are displayed in the church.

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

Scripture Readings for Third week of Lent – Friday

God has chosen the Israelites as His own, and now He reveals His covenant to them on Mount Sinai.  He appears in a cloud over the mountain to confirm to the people that Moses speaks on His behalf.

Exodus 19:1-19

The Israelites Reach Mount Sinai

19 On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”

So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. The people all answered as one: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, in order that the people may hear when I speak with you and so trust you ever after.”

The People Consecrated

When Moses had told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses: “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes 11 and prepare for the third day, because on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 You shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Be careful not to go up the mountain or to touch the edge of it. Any who touch the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch them, but they shall be stoned or shot with arrows; whether animal or human being, they shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they may go up on the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people. He consecrated the people, and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said to the people, “Prepare for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently. 19 As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder.

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Scripture Readings for Third week of Lent – Tuesday

Before Moses went up Mount Sinai, the Israelites confirmed their covenant with God. In below scriptures we see that, 40 days later, they had already apostatized and had Aaron create a golden calf, to which they offered their worship. Only Moses’ intervention saves the Israelites from God’s wrath.

Exodus 32:1-20

The Golden Calf

1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10 Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

11 But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” 14 And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

15 Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, tablets that were written on both sides, written on the front and on the back. 16 The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved upon the tablets. 17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.” 18 But he said,

“It is not the sound made by victors,
or the sound made by losers;
it is the sound of revelers that I hear.”

19 As soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets from his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 He took the calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it.

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