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Then Jesus went with them to a place
called Gethsemane; and he said to his
disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and
pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two
sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved
and agitated. Then he said to them, ‘I am
deeply grieved, even to death; remain here,
and stay awake with me.’ And going a little
farther, he threw himself on the ground and
prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this
cup pass from me; yet not what I want but
what you want.’ Then he came to the
disciples and found them sleeping; and he
said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake
with me one hour? Stay awake and pray
that you may not come into the time of trial;
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is
weak.’ Again he went away for the second
time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot
pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’
Again he came and found them sleeping,
for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them
again, he went away and prayed for the
third time, saying the same words.  
The
Gospel of Matthew.
He came out and went, as was his custom,
to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples
followed him. When he reached the place,
he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not
come into the time of trial.’ Then he
withdrew from them about a stone’s throw,
knelt down, and prayed, ‘Father, if you are
willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not
my will but yours be done.’ Then an angel
from heaven appeared to him and gave him
strength. In his anguish he prayed more
earnestly, and his sweat became like great
drops of blood falling down on the ground.  
When he got up from prayer, he came to the
disciples and found them sleeping because
of grief, and he said to them, ‘Why are you
sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not
come into the time of trial.’
The Gospel of
Luke.
They went to a place called Gethsemane;
and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while
I pray.’ He took with him Peter and James
and John, and began to be distressed and
agitated. And he said to them, ‘I am deeply
grieved, even to death; remain here, and
keep awake.’ And going a little farther, he
threw himself on the ground and prayed
that, if it were possible, the hour might
pass from him. He said, ‘Abba,* Father, for
you all things are possible; remove this
cup from me; yet, not what I want, but
what you want.’ He came and found them
sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are
you asleep? Could you not keep awake
one hour? Keep awake and pray that you
may not come into the time of trial;* the
spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is
weak.’ And again he went away and
prayed, saying the same words. And once
more he came and found them sleeping,
for their eyes were very heavy; and they
did not know what to say to him. He came
a third time and said to them, ‘Are you still
sleeping and taking your rest?  
The
Gospel of Mark.
After Jesus had spoken these words, he
went out with his disciples across the
Kidron valley to a place where there was a
garden, which he and his disciples entered.
The Gospel of John.
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The prominent church that stands on the Mount of Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane is the Basilica of the Agony.
It is also called the Church of All Nations, because it was built between 1919 and 1924 (after the agony of World War I) with
funds donated from many different nations and their insignia decorate the apse and domes.  By tradition, it marks the hard
rocky ground upon which Jesus threw himself and prayed in distress after the Last Supper while his disciples all fell asleep.   
During the digging of the foundation, a column of the 12th century crusader Church of Saint Saviour and a floor mosaic of a
4th century Byzantine basilica,
Ecclesias Elegans, were uncovered.   The plans for the new church were modified to permit
the complete excavation of the previous two.   The architect was Antonio Barluzzi and the church is presently entrusted to
the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.   True to its name, and in the ecumenical spirit, an altar located in the gardens of
the church is available for use by Christian denominations including followers who are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Anglican,
Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Evangelical, and any other forms of
Christianity or Orthodoxy that is culturally unique to a specific nation.  Nearby is the Gethsemane (literally means oil/wine
press) which sustains ancient olive trees thought to be nearly a thousand years old.
The photograph on the left shows a group of tourists wearing red caps entering the Church of all Nations.  Shirley
was fortunate to find time to have a conversation with their tour leader.  They are from India.  In India, the majority
of the people are Hindus with a small number of Christians.  Hinduism is a religion and a way of life, a
dharma.  
The Hindu scriptures are revealed and remembered via many volumes and even more pages, far more numerous
than that of the Bible, and give rise to a vastly more complex system of religion. Hindu teachings also speak to a
person's place in society (through the caste system) and his or her relationship with others from birth through
marriage, old age, and death (and rebirth). As a religion, Hinduism recognizes many pathways to God and that
Godhead manifests on earth in multiple emanations and incarnations.  God is present everywhere and in
every thing, including in every human being.  An Avatar is the descended deity who manifests in a physical
form, including that of a human.   Therefore, It is possible for a Hindu to accept Jesus as one of the many Avatars,
more popular being Vishnu or Krishna.   
Charleston C. K. Wang, 05/20/2010.