Monday, July 4, 2011
When we went to Jerusalem, we went to the 14 stations of the cross on the Via Dolorosa and were lucky enough to be able to go to them with the Franciscan Monks. The video is from the
14th station, the tomb of Jesus Christ which is in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Going to the 14 stations and going to Bethlehem made me my senses tingle when I thought of what had happened at these places. When I put my hand in the hole where the Jesus' cross had stood, it made me shake. I had read about Jerusalem Syndrome. Jerusalem Syndrome is when someone that visits Jerusalem is so overwhelmed by what is there that they believe that they are the next Messiah, the Virgin Mary, a prophet, or even Samson. This affects 50 to 200 people in Jerusalem per year. After my visit here, I can imagine how this could happen. The next day I saw someone with no shoes, a white toga, holding a worn down bible, long brown hair, who was calling himself the second coming. Freaky.