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Welcome to The Community of the Resurrection of Christ

What is the significance of Bethany?

Bethany is first and foremost a place very close to Christ, and where His friend Lazarus, along with his sisters Martha and Mary, lived. It was here that He accomplished one of the greatest miracles, the resurrection of Lazarus, who had been dead for four days. Our community is within walking distance of the tomb of Lazarus, and on our property lies a small chapeling enclosing the rock where St. Martha met Jesus on his journey from Jerusalem to Bethany. Additionally, we are home to the Orthodox School of Bethany. The school is one of the best private school for girls in the area and was established in 1937 educating both Christian and Muslim children together. 

John 11: 17-35

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,  and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,who is to come into the world.”After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.“Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept.

 

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