A busy holiday season in Jerusalem’s Old City

And the city is divided into quarters: Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Armenian. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amir Cohen permalinkA member of the clergy takes part in the Orthodox Christian “Washing of the Feet” ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ammar Awad permalinkJewish worshippers cover themselves in prayer shawls during the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. permalinkGreek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, center, performs the “Washing of the Feet” ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. On Thursday, Jewish worshippers thronged the special priestly blessing at the Western Wall, remnant of the ancient Holy Temple complex. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy stands beneath Jewish prayer shawls during the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ammar Awad permalinkUltra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers take part in the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amir Cohen permalinkAn aerial view of Jerusalem’s Old City and the Dome of the Rock. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/Avraham Graicer permalinkAn Orthodox Christian worshipper kneels to pray during the “Washing of the Feet” ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ammar Awad permalinkJewish worshippers are seen from above during the priestly blessing prayer on the holiday of Passover at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amir Cohen permalinkCatholic clergy members take part in the “Washing of the Feet” ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ammar Awad permalink
(RNS) One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem is holy to the three major Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amir Cohen permalinkA map of the quarters that make up Jerusalem’s Old City. And in the Christian Quarter, people took part in the “Washing of the Feet” ceremony, the way Jesus did to his Apostles in John 13, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This week, three of those quarters — Christian, Jewish and Armenian — are especially busy because this year Easter as celebrated by Western Christians falls on the same day as the Eastern Orthodox observation, Sunday (April 16), and that in turns falls within the weeklong Jewish holiday Passover, which began last Monday (it lasts eight days outside Israel).