As part of a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan, Archbishop Samuel Aquila celebrated Mass Oct. 28 in the Franciscan Cenacle Chapel in Jerusalem, near the Upper Room where Christ celebrated the Last Supper. He was joined by concelebrants Carmelite Father Baptist Fernandes, of St Thomas More Parish in Centennial and Franciscan Father David Wathen, director of the Franciscan Monastery Pilgrimage Office in Washington, D.C.
The archbishop served as spiritual director for the Oct. 19-30 pilgrimage with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem Northern Lieutenancy. While traveling, the archbishop kept the parishioners of the Denver Archdiocese in prayer.
“Prayed for #archden and all of you at Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth,” he shared on Twitter Oct. 22. “Blessings.”
Sites the pilgrims visited included the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Cana, Mount Beatitude, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Jordan, Jericho, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane and the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord.
Below are photos of the archbishop celebrating Mass inside the tomb of Christ’s resurrection in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.