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Billion nine hundred million … So many people on our planet believe in Christ. The dream of the vast majority of Christians is the desire to visit the places where He was born, preached, crucified, resurrected, and ascended to His Kingdom of Heaven.
Pilgrimage was born already in the first centuries from the Nativity of Christ, but it acquired a stable, massive character only when the crusaders created a base for this. And the number of pilgrims exceeded the most daring assumptions. The question arose about the need to form those traditions that were not there before. So, by the XIII – XIV centuries, the route of the Sorrowful (Cross) way of Jesus was born, called Via Dolorosa.
At first it included only those places that were mentioned in the Gospels. Then, gaining speculation and legends, he finally became what he is today: a route marking 14 stops (stations) on the way of Jesus Christ from the place of the Court to the place of His Crucifixion on Calvary. Continue reading
The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest lake. Perhaps on a global scale it is not so great, but given its importance for the country, the Israelis call it the sea. His name is also the Tiberian or Ginossar Sea. And in Hebrew, the lake is called Keenerit. The entire coast of the lake is marked by temples that were erected at different times in memory of those miracles that Jesus Christ did. These places are called the cradle of Christianity. After all, Christ came here to preach to the inhabitants of the fishing villages. Jesus walked across the water of the Sea of Galilee “like in the dry,” the Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes was read, in Tabgha there was an increase in bread and fish, which is described in the Gospel. In Capernaum, Jesus healed the sick and found his disciples. The ancient name of Magdal, from where Maria Magdalene was born, gave the name to the Russian monastery of Mary Magdalene. The Catholic Church of Minza Christie (Church of the Superiority of Peter) was built on the site where Jesus commissioned Peter to lead the Christian church. Continue reading
One of the most important place for the Christian world in the Sea of Galilee is the city of Capernaum. He is mentioned in the New Testament as the birthplace of the apostles Peter, Andrew, John and James. This city is very ancient, archaeologists are constantly working here. Some of the ancient finds are kept in many museums around the world.
Jesus came to Capernaum after leaving Nazareth. And the city became the center of the preaching work of Christ, here he performed many of his miracles: healed the mother-in-law of Peter lying in a fever, healed and called for the apostolic ministry of Matthew, healed the servant of the Roman centurion who was at death, who built a synagogue for the Jews. But despite all this, only a few believed in Jesus’ preaching. The inhabitants of Capernaum drove him out of the synagogue. For this, the city was cursed and likened to Sodom. Continue reading