Saint George’s College – Jerusalem

The seal of the college on the front doors.

The seal of the college on the front doors.

Since most of you probably have no idea what Saint George’s College is and its purpose, I figured this would be a good time to introduce you all to our new home for the next two weeks.  I had mentioned before that I have been to the Holy Land once before in the summer of 1999.  I was 17 years old and since then the memories have faded or even disappeared altogether.  (I am secretly hoping that walking the paths I once walked, smelling the smells I once smelled, and tasting the tastes I once tasted will bring back those long dormant memories.)  I had thought that when I was last in Jerusalem that I had been to Saint George’s College, but as we entered through the large iron gates it was all new to me.  So come with me as I show you around the grounds of the College.  The college grounds are also the cathedral grounds as the Cathedral Church of Saint George the Martyr is here.  This is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem which is one of four dioceses that make up the Province called the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East.  This is the epicenter of Anglicanism in the Holy Land and gracious hosts to thousands of pilgrims each year.  Let me show you around.

The sign for the college.

The sign for the college.

A view of the tower from the grounds.

A view of the tower from the grounds.

A tower on the campus.

A tower on the campus.

An elevated view of the courtyard.

An elevated view of the courtyard.

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One of MANY fig trees.

One of MANY fig trees.

Lauren and the entrance to the peace garden.

Lauren and the entrance to the peace garden.

Inside the peace garden.

Inside the peace garden.

The offices of the diocese on the grounds of the college.

The offices of the diocese on the grounds of the college.

The main aisle of the cathedral leading up to the high altar.

The main aisle of the cathedral leading up to the high altar.

The main organ in the cathedral.

The main organ in the cathedral.

One of many side chapels in the cathedral.

One of many side chapels in the cathedral.

The altar in the cathedral.

The altar in the cathedral.

The royal coat of arms in the cathedral.

The royal coat of arms in the cathedral.

The sign marking the coat of arms that once hung at the British government offices.

The sign marking the coat of arms that once hung at the British government offices.

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The bishop's chair.

The bishop’s chair.

Does this look familiar?  It is the same design for one of my tattoos.

Does this look familiar? It is the same design for one of my tattoos.

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An icon of John the Baptist in the baptistry.

An icon of John the Baptist in the baptistry.

The cathedral baptistry and full immersion baptismal font.

The cathedral baptistry and full immersion baptismal font.

Lauren and the rooftop garden.

Lauren and the rooftop garden.

An elevated view of the courtyard.

An elevated view of the courtyard.

A panoramic view from the rooftop.

A panoramic view from the rooftop.

Our room for the pilgrimage.

Our room for the pilgrimage.

Pretty sweet accommodations.

Pretty sweet accommodations.

Hope you enjoyed our tour of the college and cathedral grounds.  Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Fr. Rob

One thought on “Saint George’s College – Jerusalem

  1. So you’ve long ago finished your Monday and we are just ending ours here in Lancaster. Rain, thunder and lightning. A contrast to what I have seen in your pictures of Jerusalem. Contrasts and similarities will be filling your minds the next days. What a wonderful experience to grow through and with them!

    Carol

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