You know that little alcove in the back of the Celebration Center on the right?
While some have thought it’s a hidden spot where Jubilants come to guzzle wine, Jubilee!’s Western Wall was inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, officially called the “Western Wall of the Old Temple” or “Kotel.” Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, it’s the only remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, that was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It is a sacred site and the most religious site in the world for the Jewish people.
Actually, the name “Wailing Wall” was coined by the British in reference to the sound of Jews praying and is considered to be an ignorant name by the Jewish people. Thousands of people journey to the Western Wall every year to pray and cry out their needs before God, both spoken and written. The wall is segregated by gender, with about three times more wall space for the men to pray. To this day, little pieces of paper with prayers and petitions are rolled up and inserted into the cracks between the bricks of the wall.
Our Western Wall here at Jubilee! serves the same purpose—without the segregation. It’s a sanctuary of peace for everyone regardless of spiritual beliefs or whether or not you formally pray. You may simply have a request or desire to express something to the “God” of your understanding or the universe; and your prayer—request or expression— may be one of “Help” for yourself or others, “Thanks” to voice gratitude or “Wow!” for wonder that’s rendered you speechless… (Thanks, Anne Lamott)
- You may tack your prayers and requests to the wall so that all who enter here may see them, be moved, and pray for what you wrote.
- You may read a posted prayer yourself, affirm the writer, then initial the prayer so the person who wrote it knows they’re not alone.
And, during the ringing of the bells in the service, our prayer partners are at the Western Wall to hold sacred space and serve you. We invite you to…
- Kneel at the altar & light a candle
- Take communion – with wine or grape juice – and bread…regular or gluten free! 😉
- Pray or reflect on your own
- Ask a prayer partner for what you need – a warm hug, listening ear, or someone who’ll pray with you – for peace, courage, clarity or anything else
- Enjoy a moment of silence
- Write and post your prayer or request on the wall
Our prayer partners and others read the prayers tacked to the wall, hold you in love and light, then initial them.
Please remember that, whatever you may be going through you are not alone. The Western Wall stands here as a reminder of this, a special place in our community where we raise our hearts and minds to The Divine, praying silently, out loud, or in writing -solo, or in communion with others who care.
It’s been an honor to serve as a prayer partner myself, as I’m continually reminded of our shared humanity – how we are all on this wild ride together, with similar pain, sorrows, joy and laughter. When I stand in that alcove, it’s easy to get in touch with the love – the essence of love that we are, and that we share.
So, come! Experience this sacred space, if you haven’t already.