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Pope Benedict enters the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
Pope Benedict enters the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre

An ancient church in Jerusalem houses the places where Christ died and was buried–and where He rose from the dead.

Upon entering the church, the pilgrim kneels to kiss the stone on which the Lord’s body was wrapped and briefly anointed for burial. This stone is located immediately inside the church door.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
After the Holy Father entered the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre today and kissed the anointing stone, he spoke at the tomb of Christ. Among other things, he said:

As Christians, we know that the peace for which this strife-torn land yearns has a name: Jesus Christ. He is our peace, who reconciled us to God in one body through the Cross…

Into his hands, then, let us entrust all our hope for the future, just as in the hour of darkness he entrusted his spirit into the Father’s hands.

In the hour of darkness: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Trust. God is in charge of tomorrow. (And the rest of today, for that matter.)