Triumphal Entry of Christ by Walter Rane
Bethany (the modern day Palestinian Arab town of al-Azariyah--named for Lazarus) sits on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives (center right of photo).
Its most noted inhabitants are Mary, Martha and Lazarus
Its most noted guest is Jesus who visited in the home of these three siblings many different times. Here he reminds Martha to choose the better part.
And here he raises Lazarus from his four day entombment.
Entrance to Lazarus' tomb. It was the raising of Lazarus that seemed to finalize the decision of Jerusalem's Jewish leaders to stop Jesus, who threatened their power.
Church and Mosque commemorate the raising of Lazarus.
It is in Bethany at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus where Jesus stayed at night during his last week in Jerusalem. It is an easy 30-60 minute walk up and over the Mount of Olives, across the Kidron Valley and then up into Jerusalem.
In pre-Security Wall times, Palm Sunday pilgrims would follow the path of Jesus' Triumphal entry beginning as Jesus did, in Bethany. Unfortunately the wall now gets in the way.
A gate (top of the steps) was placed in the wall to allow pilgrim passage, but it is never opened or used.
The security wall in the photo divides Bethany to the left and Bethpage to the right. Instead of walking from Bethany to Bethpage, pilgrims now have to drive via a tunnel under the northern end of the Mount of Olives.
March 12, 2008 - Source: David Silverman/Getty Images Europe
Bethany (al-Azariyah) is at the bottom of the photo. Bethpage is above/beyond the wall and the green band of vegetation
Modern day Palm Sunday procession route in green beginning at the Church of Bethpage.
This Church in Bethpage commemorates "the place" where Jesus started his donkey ride into Jerusalem
Fresco from the Church at Bethpage.
From the Pater Noster Church half way down the Mt of Olives.
From The Russian Church of the Ascension
From Mar Elias Church (on the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem)
1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
From this Palm Sunday procession in 2010, Christian pilgrims from all denominations follow the possible path Jesus traversed. At the top of the hill is the Pater Noster church. To see my original Palm Sunday blog click here
From the Pater Noster Church on the crest of the Mount of Olives looking back down to Bethpage.
Another view of the Mount of Olives from the South. Jesus would have descended the mount for his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then ascended it latter in the day to return to Bethany on the back side of the mount.
Descending the Mount of Olives into the Kidron Valley. The large Jewish cemetery is to the left/south.
A favorite hymn for the day
Refrain: All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring. 1. Thou art the King of Israel, thou David's royal Son, who in the Lord's name comest, the King and Blessed One. (Refrain) 2. The company of angels are praising thee on high, and we with all creation in chorus make reply. (Refrain) 3. The people of the Hebrews with psalms before thee went; our prayer and praise and anthems before thee we present. (Refrain) 4. To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise. (Refrain) 5. Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring, who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King. (Refrain)
Climbing up from Gethsemane and the Kidron Valley into the Old City via Lion's Gate.
The Merchants Chased from the Temple by James Tissot
12 ¶And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13 And said unto them, It is written, My ahouse shall be called the house of bprayer; but ye have made it a cden of thieves.
15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the achildren crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
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