耶路撒冷的圣诞节

Linda Eller-Shein圣诞节在耶路撒冷

If you want to really connect with the spirit of Christmas, one of the best places in the world to do it is the holy city of Jerusalem.  The whole city shines with festive lights and its narrow streets take you back to where it all began.

在老城,有一条著名的路叫 “苦路”, which marks the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.  Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come every Christmas to walk this route.  In an unforgettable display of faith, some worshipers walk with the cross of Christ over their shoulders.  The route is about 600 meters (around 2000 feet) and starts at the Antonia Fortress and ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchure.    Watch this 更多 详情请观看本视频。

耶路撒冷的圣诞节
朝圣者走过Via Dolorosa。 摄影礼貌 尤西·鲁巴年科(Yossi Rubanenko).

Jerusalem has churches of every denomination and they all have beautiful Christmas services.  The most famous services are held at the 在圣墓教堂 和圣母院中心举行的 (这里可接纳多语种信众)。 (which holds multi-lingual masses).  For the full list of services please visit 请浏览此网页。.

耶路撒冷的教堂
耶路撒冷旧城主要教堂的地图

During your stay in Jerusalem you should also take the time to visit the YMCA which offers a wide variety of special events for the holiday.  The annual Christmas Concert is held on Christmas Eve and is a truly unforgettable experience.  Over 80 singers and musicians perform Christmas songs and guest performers include the Jerusalem Street Orchestra, Oratorio Jerusalem Choir, the Jerusalem Youth Choir, and the YMCA Academy Orchestra.  The YMCA also offers a Christmas market, children shows and a night bar.

耶路撒冷基督教青年会圣诞节
Christmas at the YMCA in Jerusalem.  Photograph courtesty of 琳达·埃勒·希恩(Linda Eller-Shein)

有一个鲜为人知的事情,耶路撒冷是 圣诞老人的家。. Deep inside the old city is a little house, decorated all year round with Christmas ornaments.  In it, a qualified Santa (who graduated from the University of Santa Claus) welcomes children and their parents from all over the world and offers them a unique Jerusalem-style Christmas.  Santa’s home is completely non-profit and based on donations only.  Its goal is to spread joy and happiness to children around the world.

圣诞老人的家。
Fun with Santa. Photograph courtesy of Pexels