Holy Land Tour Stop: Mount Of Beatitudes

March 12, 2018

Located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes is the traditional site of Jesus' delivery of the Sermon on the Mount, probably the most famous sermon of all time. Pilgrims on Minneapolis Holy Land Tours have been drawn to this scenic place for decades.

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“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

— MATTHEW 5:1-5
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the beauty of the mount of beatitudes

The Mount of Beatitudes is one of the most beautifully serene places in the Holy Land. Overlooking the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, it offers an enchanting vista of the northern part of the lake and across to the cliffs of the Golan Heights on the other side.

 

the ministry of jesus

Within sight are the scenes of many of the events of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, including the town of Capernaum less than 2 miles away, where he made his home. Just below is Sower’s Cove, where it is believed Jesus taught the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9) from a boat moored in the bay.

Although the exact site of the Sermon on the Mount is unknown, the spacious slope of the Mount of Beatitudes would have provided ample space for a large crowd to gather to hear Jesus. The hillcrest of the Mount offers a magnificent view over the entire lake and the surrounding villages. The cragginess of this hill meant it was left uncultivated and enabled Jesus to gather large crowds around him without causing damage to farmers’ crops.

 

the church of the beautitudes

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Pilgrims to the Holy Land commemorate the sermon at the eight-sided Church of the Beatitudes, built on the slope of the mount. The Church of the Beatitudes was built in 1938 for a Franciscan order of nuns.

The eight sides of the light and airy church represent the eight beatitudes, and these are also shown in Latin in the upper windows. Each beatitude is also quoted in English on plaques around the church’s courtyard.

The Mount of Beatitudes is also understood to be the place where Jesus met his apostles after his Resurrection and commissioned them to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:16-20). 

 
 
 
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