Places in Jerusalem where Easter comes alive
Easter Sunday is the most joyous day in the Christian calendar. The day marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died on the cross at Calvary as a sign of love for all people so that they can also be resurrected from sin.
On a recent trip to Israel we had the pleasure of visiting numerous sites throughout the country that really brought the Bible to life for us. In Jerusalem, we visited several places that were poignant reminders of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. To say that we felt God’s presence and experienced powerful biblical history is an understatement. In celebration of this important holiday we are pleased to share just a few reflections from our lens. Happy Easter and Passover.
As we walked the 1-mile length of the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) through the Old City of Jerusalem, we thought about the physical challenge that Jesus felt as he carried the cross along the hilly terrain to his death on Calvary.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection or Church of Anastasis, is considered to be the holiest church in the world because it is the place where Jesus died on Calvary and tomb where He was resurrected. The Church, which is located in the Christian side of the Old City, contains the last few Stations of the Cross, the Calvary (Golgotha) Altar, the Stone of Anointing, the Aedicule that holds the Holy Sepulchre and the Tomb.
For Christians, traveling along the Via Dolorosa and visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are high points on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Experiencing biblical history during our travels through the Old City and New Jerusalem is one of the most transformative travel experiences we have had. Certainly, our visit was reminder that Easter is much more than chocolate bunnies and colored eggs.
Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is a co-founder of World Footprints. A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session). An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector. She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and memberships in the National Speakers Association, Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member. Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.