Among our many spiritual adventures, I'll begin with our final Mass of the pilgrimage. We were roused from sleep at 3:30 a.m. and arrived at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre an hour later, to prepare for Mass at 5:00 a.m. This Mass would be in the Edicule, the very tomb of our Lord, a Mass offered on the place where His lifeless Body was placed, and from where He rose from the dead triumphant in His glory.
The liturgy was, of course, from our own Divine Worship: The Missal. To be in the most sacred place in all creation, and then to speak the familiar words, "Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid..." made my soul soar, and I know it affected the other pilgrims, too.
Here are some pictures from that blessed occasion:
|Arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,|
very early in the morning.
|The pilgrims anticipate their entrance|
into the basilica.
|In the sacristy, vested and prepared for Mass.|
|Entering the Edicule|
for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
|The Edicule, or "Little House" which protects|
the walls of the cave containing the Tomb.
|Offering the Holy Sacrifice.|