Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mary's House

Many people believe that after Jesus' death, his mother Mary traveled to Ephesus with St. John and lived there for the remainder of her life.  A small stone house high on a hill above Ephesus is said to be the house where she lived.  Today the house is a small chapel surrounded by gardens.

Mary's house outside of Ephesus

On Sunday mornings a mass is held in the courtyard next to the house.  We were thrilled to attend, and we even arrived about 45 minutes early -- early enough to help set up!  It was a very international service with Chilean, Italian, and Romanian priests and attendees from all over the world -- an experience we will not soon forget!   

The site of services in the courtyard next to Mary's house

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