Nazarene Church in Nazareth, Israel
Type of Prayer Place
Because this is an active Arab Christian congregation located in the city of Nazareth, in order to enjoy it, you need to attend a Sunday worship service as the church itself is not open during the week for private meditation. For visitors, they provide headsets with English translations of the service for those who need it. There is also a small garden outside the church you may visit at times other than the worship service.
Several of the more unique features of this church include the front doors with the simple carving of a cross and the lectern made out of an ancient trunk. The small gardens beside the church provide a quiet place for mediation amid stonework and flowers.
How I used this place of prayer
It was Palm Sunday when we visited and we were utterly charmed as the children formed a processional waving fig branches while the congregation sang “Hosanna” which is the same in all languages. The altar was framed with gigantic palm fronds, which explained why fig branches and not palm branches were given to the children to wave.
Hours of Operation & Admission Requirements
Sunday services are at 10 AM
They use praise songs with the words projected on a screen. Although the lyrics were in Arabic, I was able to “sing along” to “How Great Thou Art” by simply singing quietly in English.
Added by Karen Barber on November 10, 2013