they come from all over the world to Jerusalem, to the passion of Jesus up to his crucifixion. At 14 stations, and sing and pray with the pilgrims in various languages.
thousands of pilgrims process through the Via Dolorosa. Tightly pull pushed with slow steps on the pavement of the narrow street in the old city of Jerusalem.
One of them is Daniel. He comes from the U.S. state of Ohio. On his shoulders he wears a wooden cross. Which is about 20 Kilo he jerks to a friend. "I love every Moment of it. There are so many sacred sites here. Everywhere something happens. From a Jewish perspective, a Christian, or a Muslim". It was a great opportunity to learn more about other religions.
The pilgrims come from the United States, the ivory coast, Spain and many other countries. You go to the last path of Jesus. Of his condemnation to the crucifixion. 14 stations along the way. Up to you sing and pray for the pilgrims, or listen to texts from the Bible. Chants and prayers in different languages overlap."each other room to live"
Wolfgang Schmidt went the way of the cross very early in the Morning. To feel the Unifying of the Faith, and to experience in Jerusalem was a strong feeling for him.
Schmidt, for seven years the representative of the Evangelical Church in Germany, here in Jerusalem. Him, the Coexistence of the different religions and the coexistence of different faiths in the city to impress. His Easter wish is that "people respect each other and accept their differences. The give each other the space to life. This peace could grow".
Hashem Malki hopes for peaceful times. For two years, his impression coming to more and more people to Jerusalem. It had become safer if there are no political problems. "In addition, the flight tickets have become cheaper".
Malki sold in the Via Dolorosa, among other things, rosaries and pictures of Mary. At his Shop, the processions of pilgrims in the very beginning of their procession.The security arrangements are high -
In the streets, hundreds of police officers. Some carry machine guns and grenades, helmets and Tear gas. The safety precautions are high. Because on the evening of the Jewish Passover begins. Then, tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers flock to the wailing wall.
At the end of the Via Dolorosa waiting for Hanna Elias on the customer. He looks directly at the Church of the Holy sepulchre. There, Jesus should be resurrected have died. For the Arabs this is something very Special. As a Christian Easter is a part of his faith. "It means a lot to me, to be here. And I am proud that my family has this place for believers so long".
The Christians from the Region to celebrate Easter in the majority only in the next week. Due to a different calendar system of the Christians is for Orthodox only, then Easter.
Then a few hundred Christians from the blockaded Gaza strip to Jerusalem may well. The Israeli authorities have allowed them to own the information now, but to leave the country. The Christian community in Gaza, has not confirmed the date.
a procession through Jerusalem
Björn Dake, ARD Tel Aviv
19.04.2019 13:43 PM
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