Built in , its founders and benefactors were committed to serving the needs of the local population of the characterful district of Jericho. Today, as we are about to celebrate remarkable years of a Christian presence in this place, we are still committed to excellence in liturgy and music, and to mission through encouragement and compassion to everyone who comes here. How to find us? Back Instant Giving Donate. Timeless beauty in our liturgy. Encouragement and compassion in our mission. Livestream worship. All worship is livestreamed until further notice. Worship online.
The Franciscan Church of the Good Shepherd
The Monastery of St Gerasimus, one of the earliest of the plus monasteries in the Judaean desert , is named in honour of a pioneering monk who is usually depicted with a pet lion. According to an old tradition, the monastery was built where Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus took shelter in a cave while fleeing from Herod the Great. This event is commemorated in the ground-floor crypt beneath the monastery church. An icon illustrates the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt and a large painting depicts a contented Jesus being nursed at the breast by his mother Mary.
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Located near the Jordan River, Jericho is a very ancient city whose oldest ruins are those of a settlement dating to years before Christ. The west bank of the river is for christians the usual place for pilgrimages in memory of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. It was here in Jericho that the Lord Jesus gave Bartimaeus back his sight and converted the rich Zacchaeus, performing for both his ministry of the Good Shepherd. Jericho is the city that Joshua, in around B, conquered peacefully Joshua 2,1 — 4,24 thanks to the famous trumpets which, in the symbolism of the Bible, represent the intervention of God: that the people of the Alliance could settle in Jericho was a gift from God. In this very ancient city, the oldest fortified city known in the East, which dates back to or years ago, there is the Tel es-Sultan, a hillock standing some 15 metres high where Miss Kenyon carried out excavations in Jericho is also the place in the Gospel where the Lord Jesus healed two injured men: Bartimaeus, physically injured by blindness and Zacchaeus, injured in the soul by his sins Luke The few sycamores still left in the present-day city of Jericho remind pilgrims that Zacchaeus climbed up into the branches of a sycamore to see Jesus.
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