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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 126



the chief enemies of pilgrims. And in spite of these, known and unknown, dangers, there cannot be a doubt that the pilgrimage to Syria was a long series of new and continually changing wonders and surprises. The church which blessed the pilgrim, also celebrated the act of pilgrimage, and a service has been preserved which was performed on the Second Sunday after Elster, in the cathedral of Eouen. Of this the following is an abridgment :—In the nave of the church was erected a fort, "castellum," representing that house at Emmaus where the two travellers entered and broke bread with Christ. At the appointed time two priests, " of the second seats," appointed for the 'day, came forth from the vestry, singing the hymn which begins " Jesu, nostra redemptio." They were to be dressed in tunics, "et desuper'cappis transversum," were to have long flowing hair and beards, and were each to carry a staff and scrip. Singing this hymn, and slowly marching down the right aisle, they came to the western porch, when they put themselves at the head of the procession of choristers waiting for them, and all began together to sing, "Nos tuo vultu saties." Then the priest for the day, robed in alb and surplice, barefooted, carrying a cross on his right shoulder, advanced to meet them, and " suddenly standing before them," asked, " What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another as ye walk, and are sad ?"* To which the two pilgrims replied, " Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days ?" " What things ?" asked the priest. " Concerning Jesus of Nazareth," they replied, with the words which follow. " Oh, fools !" said the priest, " and slow of heart, to believe all that the prophets have spoken." And then, feigning to retire, the priest would there have * We take the words of the authorized version.


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