THE BASILICA OF AGONY/CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS, JERUSALEM (September 16, 2010)
Located on the east bank of the Kidron valley, at the foothill of the Mount of Olives, the Basilica of Agony in Jerusalem is a magnificent church, built on the site where Jesus is said to have made his last prayer before being betrayed by Judas and arrested by the Romans.
Several churches on this location had been constructed and destroyed prior to the completion in 1924 of the current basilica built by the Franciscans through donations made by 12 nations.
Surrounding this structure are ancient olive trees, perhaps descendants of those that lived during the time of Jesus. And inside, on the floor of the main hall, lays a flat rock, which according to tradition is the precise point where Jesus uttered, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”