Mysteries of Israel | Christian tours Jerusalem

Christian tours Jerusalem

Christian tours in jerusalem - one day excursions upon request
These daily tours can be combined to create a tailor-made, few days’ tour on Christian themes in Israel and Jerusalem.

 1. The Holy Grail
The search for the Holy Grail is an inner search for a higher human existence, spirituality and possibility. Jesus enabled this possibility, and Israel is the place where Jesus manifested himself. The life of Jesus is a mystery, and the traditions and relics that he left behind unfold that mystery. The secrets hidden in the architecture and art of the many churches of Jerusalem reveal esoteric traditions, such as those of the Templars, the Freemasons, the Order of the Rose and others.

We will start our tour by visiting the holiest place in the world for most Christians: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. We will look at three sacred objects: a sword built over 900 years ago, a lance that became the spear of destiny, and a stone cup that stands for the Holy Grail. We will learn of the Holy Grail traditions and the appearance of the search for the Holy Grail in crusader times.

From there we will go to the Dormition Abbey – a Christian temple dedicated to the female appearance of God in the form of Mary, mother of Jesus, other biblical women and the Shekina. There we will talk about the place of women in Christianity and whether or not Jesus had an affair with Mary Magdalene.
From there we will continue to the Scottish church dedicated to King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, where we will talk about the hidden connection between the Templars, the Freemasons and the Scottish struggle for independence in the 14th century.

If time and the political situation allows, we will go up the Temple Mount to see the “Temple Domino” - the place where the Templars lived and worshiped, and from which they received their name; today known as the Dome of the Rock.

 2. The Spirit of Chivalry
The knights of the Middle Ages made an oath to protect the weak and oppressed against the strong and unjust. This ideal ruled Europe for nearly a thousand years. The crusades to Israel were the epitome of efforts to fulfill the chivalric ideal.

The knights who came here were fluent in the chivalric poetry of Roland and saw themselves as helping the ultimate weak and oppressed – Jesus Christ - against the ultimate injustice - infidelity.

Here, in the Holy Land, the legend of St. George and the dragon was created. Here, in the Holy Land, religious knighthood orders were founded, such as the famed Templars. It was in the circles of the Templars in England, France and Germany that the legends of the roundtable appeared and developed.

We will start our tour with an unusual visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where we will find a holy sword built over 900 years ago, a sacred lance that is associated with the spear of destiny of medieval times, and a holy stone chalice situated in the place considered to be the center of the world. As we walk through the streets of Jerusalem, we will visit churches, old ruins and fortifications, and see the chivalric ideas and spirit come to life. The program will include sites related to the Hospital order, the Templar order and the Teutonic order, as well as to the Santa Anna Complex and Church – the best-preserved crusader remains in Jerusalem.

3. Messages from the past – ancient Christian sects in Jerusalem
All nations gather in Jerusalem - some of the most fascinating being the ancient Christian sects of the near east, each of which represents a special form of national Christianity. The churches of the Syrians, Armenians, Maronites (Lebanese), Copts (Egyptian) and Ethiopians, are all visited in this tour, and each is a whole world unto itself.

We will start by hearing Aramaic singing in the Syrian church that dates from the 1st century! According to the Syrians, this is the house of the Aostle Mark and the first church in history. From there we will go to the Maronite church, with a beautiful view of Jerusalem and an interesting story of the beginning of the Maronites. We will continue to the Coptic and Ethiopians complexes near the Holy Sepulcher and hear about the Gnostics of Egypt and the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia.

We will finish by going to the Armenian quarter, where we will acquaint ourselves with traditional Armenian ceramic making, participate in Armenian prayer in the St. James Cathedral and hear about Armenian heritage and culture in the Armenian museum.

 

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