|The Garden of Gethsemane
Like all of the other sites we visited on the pilgrimage, there is no "absolute" hard evidence that "this particular rock" or "this very cave" was "the place" where Jesus had been. However, the Garden of Gethsemane is a place where it is very easy to believe that you are in "the very place" where Jesus was betrayed. The olive trees are more than 2000 years old. The location of the garden is described in the bible. Jesus came here often.
Father Matt celebrated our daily mass in the beautiful Church of All Nations.
After eating the Paschal meal in the upper room...
John 18 1-12 Jesus went forth with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden into which he and his disciples entered. Judas, his betrayer also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them, "Whom are you looking for?" They answered him, "Jesus the Nazorean." He said to them, "I AM." Judas his betrayer was also with them. When he said to them, "I AM", they turned away and fell to the ground. So he again asked them, "Whom are you looking for?" They said, "Jesus the Nazorean." Jesus answered, "I told you that I AM. So if you are looking for me, let these men go." This was to fulfill what he had said, "I have not lost any of those you gave me." Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into its scabbard. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?" So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus, bound him, and brought him to Annas first.
Photographs - Garden of Gethsemane - Church of All Nations
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