Bethlehem…

April 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm | Posted in travel | 4 Comments
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I thought i’d leave Israel without ever setting foot in Bethlehem. I was supposed to go with some friends last Sept and I was really very excited about that trip. Unfortunately I was so sick that day. Good thing our friend Daniel invited us to go last weekend. (It was his 3rd or 4th trip to Bethlehem already I think)

So we left Haifa around 8am and drove 2hours to the border in Jerusalem. We left our car in the parking lot there and walked to the border. It was windy and kinda cold that day, good thing I brought my and iya’s jacket.

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and can’t help but feel sad while walking along the high concrete wall dividing Israel and the Palestinian city

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the wall must fall
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Photobucket this is the end of the line… we’re in bethlehem

We first went to a place called Shepherds’ Field. The place it was believed, where the angels appeared to the shepherds and told them about Jesus’ birth

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Next we went to the Milk Grotto. According to the marker outside:

“The original church was built during the time of the crusaders. According to a 6th century tradition, the Virgin Mary hid there with her new born on her flight to Egypt to escape the massacre of the male children of Bethlehem, and event that was ordered by King herod and is known as the slaughter of the innocents. While nursing her bhild, a drop of milk landed on the rock where she was sitting, and it became a source of many miracles”

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Photobucket a picture of the Virgin Mary nursing baby Jesus

I prayed that I might have enough milk to breastfeed baby no.2, atleast a few months longer than i did with iya 😉

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Last but not the least, the reason people flock to Bethlehem is to go to the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born. There were a lot of tourists like us there. The church from the outside was huge, but the door leading to the church was small. It’s called the Door of Humility. Those who want to enter must stoop a little to be able to go inside.

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this is what you’ll see upon entering. the main altar is an orthodox iconostasis. people are looking at the preserved 4th century mosaic floor hidden under the wooden floorboards

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columns on the side aisle of the church

The Nativity Church houses different religions. There’s the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian. The grotto of the nativity is located on the lower ground on the right side of the church. It’s sort of like a cave.

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iya looking at the site believed to be the manger

And now I can say that my stay in Israel is complete. Having been to where Jesus was born, crucified and laid to rest. It is really a humbling and an exhilarating experience. I know going to Israel, the Holy Land, is one of the wishes of most Filipinos. I am so lucky to be able to go and actually live here. Who would’ve thought that 30 years after my grandparents visited Israel, i’d be able to go too 🙂

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  1. hi buntis. 🙂

    thanks for the tour. at least, para na rin akong nakapunta ng Bethlehem just seeing your pictures. 🙂 grabe noh, may border pa pala talaga.

    natuwa naman ako sa prayer mo. LOLz. sana nga, when you give birth to the second, maka breastfeed ka 100 percent. 🙂 at grabe Thet ha, wala akong masabe. you look preggyng preggy na talaga.

  2. hahaha, 10wks palang feeling ang laki ko na no? excess fat yan kaya ganyan! lol!

    glad you enjoyed the “tour” 🙂

  3. ay mare ko naloka naman talaga ako doon, feeling ko kasama ako sa tour at ikaw ang tour guide. Well my dear pede ka pala maging tour guide you have something to fall back on if you do decide to go work again he he he… at ang super cute na Iya pose lang ng pose…

  4. ahaha, well i’m glad you enjoyed the little tour! 😉 at syempre si iya mega pose na lang..ang kukulit nga ng ibang shots nya eh! 😀


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