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Monday of the First Week of Lent | Journey to Jerusalem

Welcome to Cathedral's Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem," where we are documenting Cathedral's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You're invited to read a reflection from a pilgrim below, as well as a snippet of information about the Holy Land. We pray that learning about the Holy Land this Lent brings you deeper into your faith!

Reflections from a Pilgrim

Introducing Patricia! Patricia traveled to the Holy Land in 2015 (photo is from that trip!). Last time, Patricia visited during Christmas, so she is excited to visit during another special liturgical season - Lent! "Masada and riding a horse through the Rose City of Petra really appeals to my adventurous and historical interest. I have so much more to learn about my faith, and I'm looking forward to sharing the trip with my sister and friends from the Cathedral." #CMOQHolyLand2019

Did you know?

The journey in Jordan continues to the place known as Petra or called by some as the Rose Red City because of the color of the rock.  Petra is an ancient city that is referenced in the Hebrew Scriptures in Isaiah, 2 Kings, and 2 Chronicles and dates back to the 9th century BC.  Later in the 4th C BC, the area around Petra became an important commercial hub of which Petra became the capitol city.  Due to its affluence and Greco-Roman influence, many beautiful structures were created and some carved into the rock.  Christianity came to Petra in the 4th C as evidenced by reference to St. Asterius, a defender of the Council of Nicea (325 AD), as someone who resided there.  It later became a flourishing monastic center, but the city itself was in declined and eventually fell into ruin.  Today the City of Petra is in complete ruin with only its theater carved into rock and some 3000 rock hewn tombs remaining.  These tombs, some of which are temples unto themselves, are considered one of the wonders of the world.