By Jude Zoho
During the ceremony, those to be initiated are accompanied by their friends and relations to the Wailing Wall, where special prayers are offered on their behalf amid fanfare.
Both the pilgrims and the Jewish people at the Wailing Wall offered prayers for peace around the world and for God’s blessings.
The group of Nigerian pilgrims had earlier visited holy sites on Mount Olives in continuation of their pilgrimage in Jerusalem.
The pilgrims first visited the point of the ascension of Jesus Christ on the summit of Mount Olives and walked down the mountain to the Gethsemane garden, where Jesus was believed to have said his last prayers.
At the upper room on Mount Zion, the pilgrims held several sessions of prayers amid praises for God’s mercies on mankind through the death of Jesus Christ.
The pilgrims ended the day’s visit at a chapel near Cephas’ house at the foot of Mount Zion, where Jesus was believed to have been arrested and jailed in a cave under Cephas’ house.
The climax of the group’s pilgrimage to Israel would be the investiture of the Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP) title on pilgrims in Jerusalem on Nov. 26.