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We went to the Old City today, which is divided into 4 quadrants, the Armenian section, the Jewish, the Muslim, and the Christian. They all have a flavor of their own and bazaars everywhere. Herzl, our Israeli guide, would not “allow” us to shop (seriously-he was our boss on that topic and this was hard to do!). So, we stayed true to our tour and it was truly an amazing day. We started our walk down the Via Dolorosa, path of suffering, at station 5 of the cross, and walked the path that Christ walked with the cross on his back. When we arrived at the end of the Via, we waited in line to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was built in 300 AD by the emperor Constantine. After the Muslims destroyed the church, it was rebuilt and is today considered to be one of the most important of all Christian sites in the world. Kent pointed out that ironically, to enter the church of the Holy Sepulchre, the keys are entrusted to a Muslim family who hand the responsibility and the keys down each generation. Apparently the Christians fought too much over this job so they were relieved of the keys! The church contains the last 5 stations of the cross. We climbed into a small area to touch the stone where the cross was located, as our group sang countless refrains of “The Old Rugged Cross,” a beautiful moment. Kent annointed each of us with some oil and the sign of the cross and the words, “He is risen. He lives in you.” Another amazing day in this truly Holy Land. Good night from Jerusalem, Karen

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