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A Pilgrim in Jerusalem 1997


Another section of the 19 members in our Pilgrimage Group. A Sunday morning. Lovely Weather. 6 Priests, 13 lay people. We went to offer Mass in the Chapel at the Fields of the Shepherds. Father Michael Darcy, first row - far left, Irish Missionary.

Friday, January 3, 1997 . . . Jerusalem

This morning, at 6:00 am, I climb 15 steep stairs to reach the altar of Calvary in Holy Sepulcher Church.  What an uplifting experience to offer the sacrifice of the Son of the Father in a unbloody way on the very site where the Bloody Sacrifice took place!

How certain are we that Jesus died in this location?  In the early days, after the death of Christ, on the Hill of Golgotha, His followers, in increasing numbers, came here to pray and worship.  Determined to wipe out the memory of the Crucified Christ, the pagans built their own shrine on the infamous Hill, unwittingly insuring its memory for years ahead.  Around the year 300 AD, Helen, the mother of Constantine, built the Holy Sepulcher Church on the demolished ruins of the pagan shrine.

I ask for many favors this morning, especially a deeper love for the Mass.  The words of Blessed Pope John Paull II come to my mind. . . “The priest is a man of the Eucharist.  In the span of fifty years of Priesthood, what is still the most important and most sacred moment for me is the celebration of the Eucharist.  Holy Mass is the absolute center of my life and everyday of my life.”. . . A heavenly peace fills my being as I walk back for breakfast at my residence.  In all honesty, my daily offering of Mass still thrills me today as much as my First Mass did over 67 years ago.  I totally agree with Our Blessed Holy Father.

Saturday, January 4, 1997

Early this morning, at 5:30 am, I will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection in the Tomb of Christ in Holy Sepulcher Church.  Leaving my residence at the Sisters of Zion, at the First Station of the Cross, I set out for the Church, up a mountainside, three blocks away, in the predawn darkness.  At this early hour I feel perfectly safe as I move along the steep road (about 20 feet wide,a with buildings on either side) on the Way of the Cross.

As I rest at three different places to catch my breath, in my thoughts I emphasize with the Suffering Christ in His struggles to move along here, or close to this roadway, with a heavy cross on His back.  Weak, badly beaten, His Body crying out with pain, the Lord continued on to His cruel Death.

Much like mausoleums seen in cemeteries, such a free-standing structure contains the Tomb of Christ, set in the center of Holy Sepulcher Church.  My two friends and I stand at the altar in the close confines of the Tomb (capacity four persons).  In the perfect stillness, in this holy setting, the Scriptures of the Mass raise my spirits to high heavens. . . “Alleluia” (Praise the Lord). . . “Rejoice, be glad!  This is the day the Lord has made!”. . . “He is Risen!”  Breakfast bound, my heart beats with the same kind of joy the Apostles had after seeing the Risen Lord!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 24, 2011 - Posted by | Bulletins

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Father George . . . Such a special beautiful sharing message about one of your trips to the Holy Lamd . . .Loved it!. Reminded me of our trip there . . . especially the Church of the Holy
    Sepulcher where my friend, Mary, and i had profound leaps of faith . . .
    Your blog is so precious and such a blessing to us all . . .See you soon . . .mary lou wingert

    P.S. Think i found you in your school photo. . . .top line center area . .?

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | October 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. A most happy Saturday morning to you dearest Father George . . . Trust you are back in your cozy nest at the

    Timothy Lyne house again and doing well . . . Just loved your blog about the Thai people and their way of

    acceptance and yours as well (with your exhaust and tail pipe chugging along on 95th Street) Always

    TRUSTING in the sweet Lord! What a guy!

    i AGREE, If there is one quote from PROVERBS that is most securely nailed to our hearts it should be

    TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.”

    Hope to see you next week . . . Blessings, love and a hug, Mary Lou Wingert

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | December 3, 2011 | Reply


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