Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter in the Holy Land - 33 Sleepless in Gaza and Jerusalem

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"SleeplessinGaza — April 02, 2010 — Day 33: SPECIAL EDITION: Easter in the Holy Land. Join Ala' at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Thursday Evening. The Catholic clergy depart the church before a member of the Muslim Nuseiba family locks the door of the Church and will not open it till the morning of Friday. The keys of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher have been in the hands of a Muslim family for hundreds of years as a show of brotherhood between Islam and Christianity in Palestine. Ala' joins the Greek Orthodox Mass commemorating the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Saint Jacob Church to the left of the Holy Sepulcher. We have translated the prayers and the ancient Byzantine hymns at the church. Later, Ala' joins the Catholic procession known as the Trail of Candles. Watch the tens of thousands of believers snake through from the Mount of Olives to Old Town Jerusalem at night! On Good Friday Ala' is back at the Holy Sepulcher after she joined a Catholic procession that walks the path Jesus took carrying his cross, the Via De Rosa. The tradition is that the guys carry the huge cross into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the girls then carry it out. This tradition was marred by a clash between Israeli soldiers & police and Palestinian Christian worshippers & the scouts of the church after the Israelis decided to lock the entrance that leads to the Church. The Israeli occupation forces keep the pathway clear for foreign tourists and shut them in the face of Palestinians. As the row grows and Israelis notice they are being filmed by the Sleepless crew, they open the doors. In the evening, Ala', disturbed by the row that ruined the spirit of Easter and expecting more of the same in the evening heads to Ramallah to join Good Friday prayers there. See the mock tomb of Christ packed with flowers, listen to the ancient Byzantine Hymns that glorify Jesus and watch as people try to walk under it to be blessed as the scouts beat their drums to a sad tune!"

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