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Stories Published!

October and November were good months as several of my stories were published in magazines and online!   All are online — click on the links to the right.

“Destination Discovery:  Israel” is in the December issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine, now on the newsstand.

 

My story on the history of Tabasco Pepper Sauce is currently in the online edition of  AAA Home&Away magazine.

 

“Houston:  Larger Than Life” was in the October issue of SilverKris, Singapore Airline’s inflight magazine.

 

 

 

GoWorldTravel.com recently published two of my stories — one on “The Face” appearing on Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain on the South Island; and the other on my island hopping adventures in Fiji.

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Processional Mass in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By Richard Varr

The Courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo by Richard Varr

I fought the crowds and waited in line for a glimpse of the sites where it is believed Jesus Christ was crucified and buried, and then resurrected.  That was with a tour group.  But when I came back a couple of days later on my own, I had a chance to slip past the crowds and be a part of the daily processional mass inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Stone of Unction inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo by Richard Varr

This daily processional mass in one of Christianity’s holiest shrines has its origin around 400 A.D., with the procession similar to the one today beginning around 1430.  The video link below is only a short clip from the mass that took place on January 23, 2012.

On the right is a photo of the Stone of Unction inside the church, where it is believed Christ’s body was anointed and wrapped after his death.

VIDEO

Processional Mass in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Domes of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre as seen from the tower of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Photo by Richard Varr

The below clip is a continuation of the Daily Procession Mass as described in the previous post, now taking place outside the church’s inner chapel built upon the area believed to be Christ’s Tomb.

VIDEO