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March 30, 2009March 30, 2009  1 comments  Peace


Situated well off the beaten path, in the heart of the American Colony neighborhood of East Jerusalem, set behind the gated walls of a a 120 year old building lies the home of  the new Prayer House. Baptists have owned the building for the past 40 years. It has served as a university student ministry center, a New Testament Study Center, a YWAM base and various other ministries.

The setting is quite unique and its location is indicative of its mission of peace and co-existence. The north and south sides of the building are bordered by two schools (a Christian ARab school on one side and a Moslem school on the other). To the west, there is a view of the adjacent ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim.  Inside the large two story home are several rooms available for prepare. On the main floor is the Prayer Chapel, offering a beautiful space for group worship and study. The central focus of the chapel is the 4.4 meter X 3.8 meter HARVEST FIELD mural. The mural features the "Seven Species" of Deuteronomy 8:8 and the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:37-38 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." with hand painted frescos on the walls.

Upstairs there is a large interactive prayer room designed with numerous corners that are ideal for meditation and reflection. Visual displays on prayer and the scriptures are available in various areas and there is simple yet powerful corner where one is invited to author his own prayer on a stone. In order to maintain the spiritual ambiance and reflective nature of the space, visitors are asked to speak in whispers and to remove their shoes prior to entering the upstairs room.

The setting is a perfect venue for groups interested in joining together for an hour of prayer or reflection during or after a day of tour and/or learning. Anita and Dale Thorn run the ministry and the facility is open to individuals and groups.

"My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations."   Isaiah 56:7

For contact information - dthorne1938@gmail.com or call 02-626-1439.
The center is located at 35 Nablus Road, and less than a five minute walk from the American Colony Hotel, the Garden Tomb and the Damascus Gate.


August 11, 2009August 11, 2009  1 comments  Peace

During the last two weeks of August the period of "Prayer for Peace" begins, where individual Christian communities gather together to pray for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land. The services are held at 6:00 pm daily in Jerusalem, beginning August 15th and running through the 28th of the month. Each day the services are held within a different community in the city.

Daily at 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 15th Armenian Catholic Church Old City, Via Dolorosa

Sunday, August 16th St. George's Anglican Cathedral 20, Nablus Road

Monday, August 17th Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion

Tuesday, August 18th St. James Church, Nablus Road, Beit Hanina

Wednesday, August 19th Ecce Homo, Old City, Via Dolorosa

Thursday, August 20th Pater Noster Church, Mount of Olives

Friday, August 21st Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Old City, near Holy Sepulchre

Saturday, August 22nd Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Off Prophet Street, West Jerusalem

Sunday, August 23rd St. Andrew's Church of Scotland, near Railway Station

Monday, August 24th St. Mark's Church, Syrian Orthodox, Old City. Jaffa gate

Tuesday, August 25th Armenian Cathedral of St. James, Old City, Armenian Quarter

Wednesday, August 26th St. Anthony's Church, Coptic Orthodox, Old City, near Holy Sepulchre

Thursday. August 27th Tantur Ecumenical Centre, Road to Bethlehem.

Friday, August 28th Pro Cathedral, Latin Patriarchate, Jaffa Gate

August 31, 2009August 31, 2009  0 comments  Peace

On Sunday, October 4th, tens of

millions of Christians worldwide will unite

for the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, a day specifically set

aside by more than 1,200 global leaders (click here to view a partial list of



ures.aspx> ).


YOU can make your presence felt and pray for God's power and His peace to

flood the streets of Jerusalem by doing three simple things:


1. Make sure your local church is participating on October 4th.


The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem is NOT a single location event

but rather a worldwide celebration day when LOCAL CHURCHES pray for Jerusalem

in their Sunday services, in accordance with Psalm 122:6. There will be a

Jerusalem Celebration on this day carried live on GOD TV around the world,

but the real thrust of the initiative is on the local church level. Please BE

SURE that your church is participating! To receive your FREE equipping packet

now, and to obtain helpful materials such as posters, prayer cards, videos,

flyers, and children's resources for your local church, go now to

www.daytopray.com <https://www.daytopray.com/Ministry-Resources.aspx> .


2. Please forward this link to as many people as you can.


The goal is to reach 100 million Christians within the next 30 days with this

timely message for the Body of Christ. Help us meet this goal for the Lord's

sake and for His advancing Kingdom! If you will simply take a moment right

now and forward this link on, especially to your pastor, close friends, and prayer

partners, we can literally sound a global trumpet to bring clear focus and

awareness to this urgent prayer effort. It really, really makes a difference

if you will take only five minutes and forward this e-mail.


3. Sign the "Call to Prayer Resolution".


Thousands of Christians from all over the world have signed this document,

calling for a day of global prayer for Jerusalem and all her inhabitants. Add

your voice to this growing number today. Click here to sign the "Call To

Prayer Resolution". <https://www.daytopray.com/Prayer-Resolution.aspx>


Finally, the Jerusalem Celebration of the Day of Prayer for the Peace of

Jerusalem will be carried live into 192 nations on GOD TV. If you are in

Israel at that time, please plan to join us for this celebration. If you

cannot be in Israel, GOD TV will be broadcasting this event internationally,

LIVE on October 4th (broadcast schedule will be available closer to the event

date). Also consider having your church link with the Jerusalem celebration

of the DPPJ by viewing the event on GOD TV! Go to www.god.tv

<http://www.god.tv/>  for more information.


We thank you for putting action to your prayers and for taking part in seeing

God's true peace for Jerusalem unfold in this hour of history!


May the Lord's shalom rest over each of you,


Rev. Robert Stearns

Co-Chairman, Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem


Dr. Jack Hayford

Co-Chairman, Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem


P.S. If you have not yet done so, please make sure to add your name to the

thousands of Christians around the world who have signed the "Call To Prayer

Resolution." Be sure to check out the free online resources as well as the

DPPJ materials available in more than 15 languages.

July 24, 2012July 24, 2012  0 comments  Holy Sites

According to the tradition, the idyllic hillside of Mount of Beatitudes in the Galilee was the place where Jesus Christ gave a special teaching to His disciples and other gathered believers: “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain; and when he was set, his disciples come unto him. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven…’” (Matt. 5:3) In total, the sermon consisted of 9 blessings gratifying humble and merciful behavior.


While climbing the hill, a pleasant wind from the Sea of Galilee was cooling our arms and faces. And when we reached the top of the mount, the seashore view and the red-flowered trees captured our attention. The contrast of the vivid colors and the black basalt stone created a great visual composition.


Mount of Beatitudes Red Flowers Travelujah


And just behind the corner, on the site of Jesus’ teachings, hidden among a beautiful tree garden, we saw a domed chapel; built from the basalt stone in 1937 A.D. The Roman Catholic Church was designed by the famous architect, Antonio Barluzzi, whose designs can be found in almost every corner of the Holy Land.


We had time for a short visit inside the chapel, since the Franciscan Sisters who care for the site, were closing for a midday break. The focal points of the interior are a small altar and windows of the church inscribed with the opening words of the beatitudes “blessed are” in the Latin language.


We were accompanied by a priest and therefore were able to hold a short mass in the chapel’s garden. During the ceremony, we read the biblical beatitudes of Jesus and prayed for blessings for the people who struggle in their lives, and we thanked God for the possibility of being in this holy place on the Mt. of Beatitudes.


Mount of Beatitudes Prayer Travelujah


We decided to stay a bit longer in the area to admire the lovely view of the Sea of Galilee and enjoy the serenity of he place. Also, close to the parking spot on the mount is a neat café-bar selling cold and warm beverages and ice creams. Cold orange juice was a good idea!

Church Opening Hours:


  • April – September: daily at 8 am – 12 am and 2:30 pm – 5pm;
  • October – March: daily at 8 am – 12 am and 2:30 pm – 4pm;




Call the Fr. Sisters of Mt. of Beatitudes:  00972 (0) 4 – 679 - 0978


Getting there:


There is no public transportation to the Mt. of Beatitudes, though there is a bus that will let you out on Highway 90, about a 15 minute walk to the site. Our group arrived with a private driver. The parking costs 5 NIS per vehicle. Groups seeking to visit the site can come with on a pre-arranged bus tour. Other individuals and private groups can include the Mt. of Beatitudes in a private tour with a private guide and vehicle.  If you are looking for a more complex tour in the whole Galilee region – click here.

One day tours to the Galilee including the Mt. of Beatitudes departing Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are available as well.




Did you know that the Mount of Beatitudes offers a spacious hospice managed by the Franciscan Sisters? The guesthouse primarily services the needs of pilgrim groups however, there are times when rooms can be rented out to independent tours as well.  For more information, click here.


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Beata M. Andonia works for the Bethlehem tourist bureau and blogs regularly about Bethlehem for Travelujah-Holy Land Tours. She is originally from Poland and moved to Bethlehem in 2010.


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