Jerusalem is the perfect place to say prayers as it were, in situ. Use the frequent calls to prayer from the many mosques, to remind yourself to pray your own prayers.
Here’s a record of mine, that I did sort of pre-plan, or I’d have forgotten in the geographic passion of the moment!
- the Stations of the Cross
- the Sorrowful Mysteries when the priests are talking in LOTE -(Languages other than English)
You can of course, also say it on the Ramparts walk, and as you walk into any of the gates – ensure that the frst foot you put into the old City is your right foot.
- Pray for Jerusalem and Israel and Palestine and your own countries.
- Joyful mysteries – The Presentation at the Temple and the Finding at the Temple. A good place to pray for your children, particularly for your sons.
- Pray for your own family, this is where God promised that all families would be blessed by the obedience of Abraham and Sarah and Isaac. Good spot to remind God of his promise ;).
Monastery of St Ann
Birthplace of Our Lady
- Hail Mary. What else
- Ave Maria, join any pilgrim groups who are singing it! Pray for better singing in all Catholic churches, including your own parish!
- A good place for mothers of daughters. Pray for your daughters, and god-daughters too.
- St Ann is of course, my saint. So I get special attention here ;). Pray for moi.
- St Ann is also the wife of St Joachim, guess which parish I prayed for!
St Stephen’s Gate
St Anne’s is just inside St Stephen’s gate, the spot of the first martyr. St Stephen.
- Pray for any relatives or friends called Stephen. Of course I prayed for Stephen and his brother, Michael!
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Forget everything. Here I am Lord is about right.
- Golgotha. weeping is allowed.
Follow any prayers that are being said in any language.
Lost in Jerusalem
Prayer of Thomas Merton
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. Continue