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By Alison Hilliard, Betty Bailey

The Holy Land has continuously had a magnetic charm for Christians. each year, millions tread the crowded streets of Jerusalem, or stroll via the quiet waters of Galilee. There are 1000's of guidebooks deisgned for pilgrims and different viewers. The stumble upon with the stones which Jesus observed and touched has been, for plenty of, a strong non secular adventure. however the Christian presence isn't just heritage. There reside, worshipping Christian groups within the Holy Land at the present time. This specific guidebook is designed that will help you come across these groups, and to stroll, speak and pray with modern Christians in Israel, the Palestinian and Occupied Territories; the 'living stones' os the book's name. Written part a century after the construction of the kingdom of Israel, with the co-operation of the entire Christian traditions within the Holy Land, it's a key better half for viewers who are looking to percentage for some time the options and the lifestyles, witness and pressence of these who now dwell the religion of the apostles during this bothered land.

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Living Stones Pilgrimage

The Holy Land has constantly had a magnetic allure for Christians. each year, millions tread the crowded streets of Jerusalem, or stroll through the quiet waters of Galilee. There are 1000s of guidebooks deisgned for pilgrims and different viewers. The come across with the stones which Jesus observed and touched has been, for lots of, a robust religious event.

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They see their work as transforming this place into a taste of paradise, reminding people of what heaven will be like. They can provide accommodation and wonderful hospitality for a small number of pilgrims and have special services on 12 June — the feast day of St Onuphrius, who is today reputed to come to the help of those travelling by sea and those who are having difficulty in court cases. Contact point Greek Orthodox Patriarchate: tei/fax 02-628 2048 Russian Orthodox Church yzantine Orthodox Christianity became the state religion in Russia in AD 988.

Frescoes of this nineteenth-century church were painted in the mid-1970s by two Romanian brothers, commissioned to use their skill as iconographers in the Holy Land. The result is stunning. Apart from the pillars, the church is almost entirely covered with frescoes. In the Orthodox tradition they are there to draw us into a sacred space out of earthly time and being, into an eternal realm. The frescoes are painted according to a clear theological plan. Read from the top down and begin at the highest point of the church in the central dome with the fresco of Christ, the 36 Living stones pilgrimage Pantokrator, the Ruler of All, set above all else and the point towards which everything else tends.

Today's Knights hold some services of investiture and procession in the Church. On their investiture they are given a long cloak with a huge scarlet cross of Jerusalem on the left hand side, spurs and a sword. The spurs and sword are only used at the time of investiture and are not part of the processional regalia. Today, they are an international body with 43 lieutenancies, mainly in Europe and North America. Knights and Dames are invited to join the order, which is under the patronage of the Pope.

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