MK 14:26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
MK 14:27 "You will all fall away," Jesus told them, "for it is written:
" `I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.'
MK 14:28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
MK 14:29 Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not."
MK 14:30 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "today--yes, tonight--before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times."
MK 14:31 But Peter insisted emphatically, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the others said the same.
The entrance to the church is from a parking lot which is
located above the main level of the church. In the courtyard is a statue that
depicts the events of the denial and include its main figures; the cock, the
woman, and the Roman soldier. The inscription includes the biblical passage;
But he denied him, saying "Woman, I know him not"! (Luke 22:57)
The entrance itself is flanked by wrought iron doors covered
with biblical bas reliefs. To the right are two Byzantine-era mosaics found
during excavation, these were most likely part of the floor of the
fifth-century shrine. The main sanctuary contains large, multi-colored mosaics
portraying figures from the New Testament. Facing the entrance is a bound Jesus
being questioned at Caiaphas' palace; on the right Jesus and the disciples are
shown dining at the Last Supper; and on the left Peter, considered the first
Pope, is pictured in ancient papal dress. Perhaps the most striking feature of
the interior is the ceiling, which is dominated by a huge cross-shaped window
designed in a variety of colors. The fourteen Stations of the Cross also line
the walls and are marked with simple crosses.
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