The Abbey of Gesthemani 2

The most beautiful statues at the monastery are the two pieces that make up “The Garden of Gesthemani” which were donated to the monastery in memory of Johnathan M. Daniels, a young Episcopalian Seminarian who was martyred during the civil rights movement. 

The exhibit is comprised of two pieces.  The first sculpture is of the disciples sleeping in the garden.


This is another shot of the same piece:


A little further up the path is the sculpture of the kneeling, weeping, praying Christ the night before His betrayal and crucifixion.

Christ 3

A close up:


This view point is my favorite.  Each time I visit this exhibit I am moved by the sacrifice Christ made for my redemption. 


Only one photo left and it is a favorite as well.  The cross is empty.  The work is done.  He is risen.


If you are interested in a quiet, spiritual retreat, please consider The Abbey of Gesthemani.  My annual retreat there is something I eagerly anticipate all year long.  Reservations must be made pretty far in advance.  I think the last two years I went, the brothers were booking rooms 3 – 4 months ahead of time.  All of the information you need is on their website. 

Have a peaceful weekend!

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