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…was a busy day. I participated in two services, an English language sunrise service on the Mount of Olives and a 9am joint Arabic/English service at the Church of the Redeemer. I got a chance to see much of the processing in and around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Most importantly, I and my family got to have a wonderful Easter brunch with friends and the girls got not one but two Easter egg hunts!

Preparing our Easter alter, with separation barrier behind

Easter sunrise from the Mount of Olives

Pastor Fred preaching the sunrise service

Easter sun risen over Mount of Olives

Border police wait for Italian Prime Minister Monti to leave the Holy Sepulchre

Border police wait for Italian Prime Minister Monti to leave the Holy Sepulchre

Latin Patriarch procession, including the Muslim keepers of the keys, and the Israeli police

A Cardinal (could someone id him for me please?), William Cardinal Levada, and Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal at Holy Sepulchre

Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre (cool title and garb, huh?!)

Italian Prime Minister Monti enjoying a last look at Sepulchre courtyard

Armenian Orthodox (I think) processing to the Holy Sepulchre

Coptic Orthodox arriving at the Holy Sepulchre

Margaret Gilheany arriving at the Church of the Redeemer

Happy Easter! Before the 9am English/Arabic service at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Easter Egg hunt at Redeemer

On the prowl for eggs

Redeemer tower from the lower courtyard

Neither Easter nor Palm Sunday for them, though Passover for the gentleman on the right

Border police and regular police on the Via Dolorosa, Easter 2012

Another Easter Egg hunt (this time with friends in the White Sisters convent garden)

Got one!