Just like missing prayers before a meal or going to sleep I missed writing about the Church of Pater Noster. Also known as the Sanctuary of the Eleona, Pater Noster church is located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Being a Catholic, my not writing about this place felt like heresy of some sort. It is because this special spot, where I and my sister visited when we were in Israel, is where Lord Jesus believed to have taught the Lord’s Prayer.
Not all Catholics were blessed enough of being able to see and experience what it was to be like in such a special place. Honestly, I consider Pater Noster to be one of the highlights of me and my sister’s tour of the Mount of Olives.
This 4th century Byzantine church is serene and beautiful. And underneath this massive structure is a cave which I think is considered the holiest spot of the area for it is believed to be where Lord Jesus taught his disciples the ‘Ama Namin’ (translation: Our Father) prayer.
The walls of the structure are placed with multilingual plaques bearing the Lord’s Prayer in different languages. Feeling proud Pinoys, I and my sister failed to locate the plaque in Filipino-Tagalog language. We nevertheless was successful in locating the English and the Filipino-Ilonggo prayer versions.
Saying the Our Father has always been part of my prayer, in whatever form or state of mind I am. And I may miss saying prayers before meals and before sleep but I will forever be so thankful that the stars has aligned for me to see and experience this holy place where the prayer for life started.
Oh ‘di ba, ang banal banal ko na??