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Armenians in Jerusalem: Religion in the Holy Land

Hundreds of Christian pilgrims walk past Our Lady of the Spasm, the Armenian Catholic Church in Jerusalem, on a typical day. And beginning at about 4 o’clock each morning, Father Raphael, the pastor at Our Lady of the Spasm, is awakened by their singing. “The window to my bedroom is right there,” he says, pointing to a third-story window directly above the spot where Jesus is believed to have first fallen under the weight of the cross.