Hello dear reader.
Louissa brought me to the Holy City of the Wichitas yesterday. It’s on a small mountain (2,385 ft.). It was a beautiful drive to get up there.
The Holy City itself was amazing! First we went into a wonderful chapel.
The paintings on the ceiling and the stained glass took my breath away. There were niches all around containing statuettes. If you look closely, you’ll see that the wooden pews have little doors to get in and out on each end. I loved it!
It’s called the Holy City because in 1926, when Reverend Anthony Mark Wallock went up the Wichita mountain it reminded him of Judea. He began bringing his Sunday school classes up there to teach them about Jesus. He built what looks like the ruins of an ancient city and began doing an Easter pageant there and opened it to the public. By 1930, over 6,000 people were coming to see it and it has increased every year since. In the beginning only a handful of people performed, now the cast includes hundreds.
The City now has representations that are used to tell the story of Jesus from his birth to the resurrection. It has everything from Mary’s garden to the tomb.
The Holy City is open to visitors (free of charge) all year, but the performances are only done on Easter Sunday. It’s easy to feel like you’re back in the time and place Jesus walked. I enjoyed it thoroughly and hope you do also.
Until next time…