Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hulky Cezly's Holy Visit 2013

Hi there! Welcome to another travel tale courtesy of my friends across the globe. 

We've taken you to...

and now allow The Letters In November to take you to The Holy Land...
Taking us there is my energetic, uniquely beautiful and bubbly friend....

Hulky Cezly! (Cez)

Cezly at Nazareth, HaZafon

Based in Tel Aviv Israel, once a year she goes on a trip to contemplate and offer prayers.
On the second month of this year she paid a visit to the Basilica of Annunciation.

"all photos owned by Hulky Cezly"

Basilica of the Annunciation
Nazareth, Israel

The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. 

Annunciation is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation. Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus, meaning "Saviour" .

“Let it be done to me according to your word.”
The outcome of Mary’s consent is carved in Latin across the facade over the triple-doorway entrance: “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).


Cez by the front door of the church with architectural designs depicting the major events in Jesus' life

Cez kneeling and scribbling prayer requests from friends and family and even strangers. 
She graciously, fervently prays for their intentions. I had goosebumps as she told me tales
of prayer requests being granted like a friend of hers giving birth to a child she has been longing for. Faith, I believe could move mountains.

a mosaic behind the main altar depicts the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church

Cez beside the statue of Mary,  on the Southern side of the church

 photos of Cez by the Basilica grounds

There is a sunken grotto at the lower level of the Basilica which apparently contains the cave-home of the Virgin Mary.

the domed ceiling of Basilica of the Annunciation
the Cupula I learned is representing an inverted lily opening its petals to the shrine below 

The symbolism combines the lily, as an image of Mary’s purity, with one of the Semitic meanings of the name Nazareth, a flower.

Cez enjoying the scent of flowers in Nazareth and inspiring me to be always thankful for the blessings from Above. 

I met Cez when I first entered the gates of my med school Alma Mater. We stayed at the same boarding house, shared so many laughter, secrets, hopes and dreams. 
We experienced so many life changing events with our other roommate Ann the times we were together and I can say that if I had to go through the same difficult  times again...
 I still would choose to have her beside me as a friend because she taught me, like the Virgin Mary did,  how truly strong a woman could be.

As they left The Holy Land as always she felt at peace and ready to face the challenge of living a simple,
meaningful life.

Have a wonderful day and until the next journey.

Admission to the Basilica is free.
The Basilica of the Annunciation
Nazareth, Northern Israel
Open Hours:Winter - Monday to Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Summer - Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tel. 04-6572501

from my humble world

to yours

~special thanks to Hulky Cezly for taking me on a virtual tour to the Holy Land~

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11 yorum:

  1. oh, please tell your friend to help me send a prayer request on her next visit for my friend who have been waiting to get pregnant.

    such heartwarming stories of miracles. thank you for the virtual tour to the Holy Land. :)

  2. God bless your friend for her kind heart to pray for others. She is a picture of happiness and contentment, speaking highly of the joy she has in her heart

  3. I'm so inspired to know that there are people like your friend who is willing to offer prayers for people other than her family.

    BTW... I super love the last photo. It's like, two trees because of the two separate trunks but nearly close to each other situated on a vast greenfield. I believe it has something to do with your friend's spiritual character.

  4. It's so generous and kind of your friend to offer prayers for other people. May God bless her more.

    I love her pictures. I hope one day, my family could visit the Holy Land.

  5. oh, the holy land! I wish to visit there have a good friend who know how to care for everybody.

  6. Your friend looks so lovely and seems to be very friendly.

  7. Such a beautiful place to visit and it's in my bucket list. We'll visit that Holy place when we leave the UAE. It's not allowed to have that place's stamp in our passports eh. Your friend is blessed to visit the Holy Land.

  8. Lovely place. I hope I can go there someday. Wanna come with me, Ate? :)

  9. On top our travel wish list. Sana napuntahan nya rin ang Wailing Walls. There people also offer prayers for dear ones. Nice place talaga ang Israel.

  10. I just hope in my lifetime I could be there someday. #lawofattraction :)

  11. that's great that she was able to visit the Holy Land, its one place I hope our family can visit sometime in our life. :) thanks for sharing your friends' trip there, its lovely to know more about it and its really interesting. she's so nice to offer prayers for others, may the good Lord bless her kind hearts always! have a great week. :)


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