Dome on the Rock

Saturday 22nd March

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Again, just off the Via Dolorosa is the Centre for Israeli Studies. The Barbed wire and the shadow it casts on a concrete wall outside this centre before the gold of the Dome on the Rock is a familiar image of communities contending for space with one another.  There is a lot of barbed wire in Jerusalem.

Roman Catholic members of the Franciscan Order contend in another way. The Mace Bearers at the front of the procession hammer their staffs on the ground as they clear the crowds for friars on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  I hadn’t realised quite how fast they were moving and nearly ended up under their feet as I took their photograph.

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Tim Stratford

Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford Dean of Chester

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