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Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Continuity of the True Church - the Holy Roman Catholic Church once again discovered.

Grave robber chase reveals ancient Holy Land church
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The pursuit of a gang of grave robbers has led to the discovery of an ancient church outside Jerusalem that may contain the burial place of the biblical prophet Zechariah, Israeli authorities said Wednesday.

The hill-top church was destroyed by an earthquake some 1,300 years ago and lay partly buried until detectives from Israel's Antiquities Authority, pursuing a gang of antiquity thieves, noticed an elaborate doorpost poking through the earth. The robbers got away -- they were caught a few months later at a site nearby -- but after weeks of digging, archaeologists uncovered the remains of the church. It was about the size of a basketball court and contained fallen marble pillars and a nearly pristine 10-meter-long mosaic floor.

Beneath the church's altar is a burial chamber that the Antiquities Authority said may have been the tomb of the prophet Zechariah, known from the eponymous book in the Bible, written around 520 BC.

The claim, which a number of experts have based on Christian sources and an ancient diagram known as the Madaba Map, has not been proved and is still being studied, they said...

Note the fact that it has an altar (an altar is a place where a SACRIFICE is offered - namely the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

Malachi 1:11
"For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts."

Daniel 11:31

"And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual sacrifice: and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation."

1 Corinthians 10:16
"The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord"
Hebrews 13:10

"We have an altar whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle."

Note also how similar the layout is to present true Catholic Churches 1500 years later.  Note the Mosaics, and the fact that the altar was over the tomb of a Holy person chosen by God - just as our altars to this day contain the relics of a Saint.
One must wonder how anyone who is honest with themselves can possibly believe that there is any other form of Christianity than the true Catholic Church.

1 comment:

Sancta Cecelia said...

To the final comments: well, exactly. But then, how many are truly honest, even with themselves? Most, it seems, believe what they want to believe.

Finding this ancient church is wonderful - beautiful, really. Imagine finding it while chasing thieves.