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The Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa, the road Jesus walked from the place of Pontius Pilate's sentencing to Golgotha, means "way of sorrows". 

The beautiful hymn that begins "On a hill far away…" has led many to picture this last road as a pastoral, quiet scene, a path wending its way, perhaps among old olive trees, up a mountain to where crosses stand starkly against the sky. 

Walking the real street in Old Jerusalem that bears the name "Via Dolorosa" means putting aside these images, but hopefully replacing them with other, even more meaningful ones that will bring you closer to moments you will always hold precious.  

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