|A section of the Via Doloroso.|
|Mass at the Tomb.|
Both the hill of Calvary and the tomb are enclosed within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Immediately following the Mass each of the pilgrims was able to go inside the tomb and reverence this holy site, and then to go up to the place where the Lord was crucified and touch the very rock surface on which his Cross had been raised. At such a place, reflecting upon the infinite love of Jesus for the Father and for us that took him to the Cross, and the power of that love over all evil as manifest in the resurrection, we knew that, because of that same love, we need have no fear. What joy! As the Holy Father Pope Francis has said more than once, no Christian can be a "sourpuss" when we know the love of the Risen Lord and the hope it gives.
|An icon in the cave where Mary was born.|
|Archbishop Smith reads|
a scripture passage.
Tomorrow we head out to the desert and the Jordan River, where we look forward to the renewal of our baptismal promises.
|Janelle sings Ave Maria in St Anne Church|