By local tradition, on this rock Jesus’ body was laid and prepared for burial. Some pilgrims will sprinkle the stone with oil, and then wash it off with a cloth. By popular belief, from now on the cloth is soaked with the sanctity of the stone. Some will even place infants on the stone, for a blessing fro God.
Location of the Stone of Unction
The stone of unction is located right next to the main entrance of the church of the Holy Sepulchre. There are quite a few more points of interest in this special holy site and so it is best to review them in a guided tour.
An introductory day tour of Jerusalem is the most efficient way to review the church and other highlights of Jerusalem’s Old City.
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An Ethiopian mother puts her baby on the Stone of Unction at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, amidst a crowd of pilgrims. The stone believed to be the place where the body of Jesus was prepared for burial is one of the venerated points in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the place where Jesus was put to death, died, buried and resurrected. צליינים אתיופית מניחה את תינוקה על “סלע המשיחה” בכנסיית הקבר. #ethiopian#pilgrim#pilgrimage #Jerusalem #holysepulchre #christianity #israel #travel #tour #guide