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The Muslim Keymaster Of The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre Closed Its Doors For The First Time Since The Black Plague In 1349
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The Muslim Keymaster Of The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre Closed Its Doors For The First Time Since The Black Plague In 1349

As COVID-19 spreads across the world with 1 363 365 confirmed cases (as of April 7) across the globe, it’s apparent that we all face very uncertain times. And if the thought of the potentially fatal sickness ravaging our planet wasn’t enough, many of us have to deal with the ripple effect from the big wave. Financial instability, mental health issues and fear for the loved ones are some of the biggest problems one might experience during these months. That’s why it’s important to look around for something positive to cling on and not lose hope altogether.

Author David Videcette recently took to Twitter to shed some light on an inspiring story of solidarity. He began a Twitter thread by showing a video where The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was closed due to Coronavirus. A historic event, as it’s reported that the last time it happened was in 1349, during the Black Plague. But that wasn’t the core of his message. The most important part of the story was who closed the door.

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. As David mention, the church contains two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus was crucified,[2] at a place known as Calvary or Golgotha, and Jesus’s empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected. An understanding between religious communities dating to 1757, called the Status Quo, applies to the site.

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Nusaybah clan alongside with the Joudeh Al-Goudia family are the key holders to the church. The Sunni Muslim family being the key master of the church is an established tradition dating all the way back to the 7th century:
“One of the great ancestors of the Nussaiba family was Ubada Ibn Al-Samet who settled in Jerusalem in the 7th century in the wake of the conquest of Jerusalem, and who was appointed as a governor by Umar. The keys of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre were placed in the custody of the family and is so until today.”

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Here’s how people reacted to Videcette’s tweet thread

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Arrow and Ace
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact about this church- in the first half of the 19th century (1800s), a monk from an unknown sect put a ladder up against the wall of the church. Nobody has moved it since (except for some tourist that hid it. it was later found and returned) because they don't want to start a fight. It's called "the immovable ladder".

Sharon Buckland
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, I noticed that ladder - saw it when I visited in the early ‘80s. Can’t believe it’s still there, I should have thought it would have rotted away by now!

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Pungent Sauce
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meanwhile the US mega-church death-cultists insist on holding services, and that their unemployed members continue to tithe to the millionaire pastors, while contributing $0 to Covid relief efforts. WWJD?

Meyer Weinstock
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...um, 40 days in the wilderness? -Rev Dr M

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Daria Z
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's one long-living keymaster wow :0

Lillukka
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be related to Metusalem, didn't he live over 600 yers too?

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Arrow and Ace
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact about this church- in the first half of the 19th century (1800s), a monk from an unknown sect put a ladder up against the wall of the church. Nobody has moved it since (except for some tourist that hid it. it was later found and returned) because they don't want to start a fight. It's called "the immovable ladder".

Sharon Buckland
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, I noticed that ladder - saw it when I visited in the early ‘80s. Can’t believe it’s still there, I should have thought it would have rotted away by now!

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Pungent Sauce
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meanwhile the US mega-church death-cultists insist on holding services, and that their unemployed members continue to tithe to the millionaire pastors, while contributing $0 to Covid relief efforts. WWJD?

Meyer Weinstock
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...um, 40 days in the wilderness? -Rev Dr M

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Daria Z
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's one long-living keymaster wow :0

Lillukka
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be related to Metusalem, didn't he live over 600 yers too?

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