Greetings from Ecce Homo Sanctuary. I have just moved into a new place that will be my home until 1st of July. Interestingly now I am living in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It means that apart from the bells ringing Angelus three times a day, five times a day and night I am reminded by the guy from the close by mosque to pray as the megaphones of the minaret face my room. Well it is going to be fun. The place where I am now marks the beginning of Via Dolorosa. The Ecce Homo Basilica is adjacent to the convent where I am staying. For those few who don’t know Latin Ecce Homo means “Behold the man” as you may recognize it is what Pilate said when he presented Jesus wearing a red cloak and the crown of thorns to the crowd. The Basilica is built over the place where it took place. From here Our Lord stared walking the Way of the cross. Today pilgrims coming to Jerusalem also start making the Stations of the Cross in front of the house where I am living. The convent is a very interesting building. It looks like a little town. It was developed over the time like most of the buildings in Jerusalem. It means that I feel sometimes like in a maze. It is so much fun to find the way around but the house definitely has got its unique character. We are also very blessed having access to the Basilica 24 hours a day even when it is closed to the public. On the first floor there is my favorite chapel where I do my Masses as it overlooks the main church by provides quite space even during the busy hours of the day. I am so happy to have the church and the chapel here. Living in a hotel previously I was missing the Blessed Sacrament so much. Now I feel like I am home as I can go to the Lord at any time. I can say that this place is going to be like a true home as I have just discovered that out of 35 participants of the course 23 are from Australia. It is impossible not to run into an Aussie.
Fr Daniel OMI
An Oblate Priest