Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations is the site where Yeshua prayed on the night of his betrayal (Luke 22:40-46). Gethsemane Garden is one of the holiest and dearest places in the Holy Land to Christian tradition. Today you can find here olive trees which are hundreds of years old (some speculate over 2,000), hollowed, twisted and gnarled, has increased the belief that these may be the very same olive trees that witnessed Yeshua’s last night before his arrest.
The word “Gethsemane” originates from the Hebrew words Gat Shemen, literally meaning “olive press”, probably referring to the ancient agricultural system existing here due to the natural abundance of these trees on Mt. Olives. Gethsemane Garden is an important site according to the Gospel story. Yeshua spent there the night before his arrest, praying in deathly anguish: “And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray” (Matthew, 26, 36).
The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic Church located on the Mt. Olives, Jerusalem, adjacent to Gethsemane Garden. It is built on a section of bedrock where Yeshua is believed to have prayed before his incarceration. (Mark 14:32-42)
The current church was built on the foundations of two earlier churches, a 4th C CE, Byzantine basilica, destroyed by an earthquake in 749 and a small 12th C CE Crusader chapel abandoned in 1291.
Next we shall enter the present day, Old Walled city of Jerusalem (constructed by Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent in 1538) and walk in the footsteps of Yeshua as he bore the burden of mankind’s sins to the Crucifixion at the at Golgotha.