Easter service brings Israelis, Palestinians together

Garden Tomb in Jerusalem to host its annual Arabic-language Easter worship service with simultaneous translation into Hebrew.

By RYAN JONES/TRAVELUJAH
April 12, 2012 17:54
2 minute read.
Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

Garden Tomb in Jerusalem 370. (photo credit: Travelujah)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

For more information on Christian tourism and Holy Land Tours to Israel contact  Travelujah.

On April 14 the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem will host its annual Arabic-language Easter worship service with simultaneous translation into Hebrew. Richard Meryon, director of the Garden Tomb, told Travelujah that the Arabic-Hebrew event has become "the most spiritually significant service here - can there be a more important signal to the World than that Palestinian and Israelis believers meet and worship together?"

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Meryon said the service attracts 500-600 Israeli and Palestinian believers, and that number is growing as more and more local Christians become aware of the safe haven and the platform for reconciliation that the Garden Tomb provides.

"The Garden Tomb is endeavoring to be a neutral venue for both Israelis and Palestinians to feel safe to worship together - Easter is not the only such event here each year but of course the pinnacle," Meryon told Travelujah.

One would think that with the current political tensions, any gathering of Palestinians and Israelis - even under the Eastern banner - would be a powder keg, but Meryon said there has yet to be a problem and the Israeli and Palestinian believers mingle as brothers.

Meryon was at pains to stress the potential for positive impact on the entire Holy Land represented by this particular service, which, after all, is a celebration of the Prince of Peace and his victory over death.

"Most of our more than 260,000 visitors each year are tourists from over 60 countries, but these joined-up events for local believers are perhaps the most important thing the Garden Tomb can do - providing a bridge for the two believing communities and such a strong signal for the world to bring the best possible hope for peace in the land of the Holy One," Meryon explained.



The Garden Tomb will host a series of worship events and resurrection services starting on Good Friday (April 6) and culminating with the Arabic-Hebrew service on Easter Saturday (April 14). Other services will be conducted in English, French and Scandinavian languages.

For further information on the Garden Tomb, visit their website at http://www.gardentomb.org

If you go:

The Garden Tomb is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. through 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. Sundays the site is closed.

Group visits are by reservation only and must be arranged in advance.

There is no entrance fee to the site, however, a donation of $5 per person is suggested.

Travelujah Holy Land Tours, the leading Christian social network focused on connecting Christians to Israel. People can learn plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.

Related Content

El Al
August 16, 2014
The Travel Adviser: For El Al, mission accomplished

By MARK FELDMAN