Symbols in the Church

The outside of Christ Church differs little from many Anglican churches. However, once inside the building has more similarity to a synagogue than to a local parish church. The communion table and stained-glass windows contain Jewish symbols and Hebrew script, and like all synagogues in Jerusalem, the church faces the Temple Mount. On the Eastern wall of the church, the words of Jesus and the Apostles’ Creed are engraved in Hebrew.

In fact, the church was so Jewish in appearance that in 1948, when it became necessary to prove to an angry Jordanian Army that the unusual building was indeed a Christian house of worship, the then rector Rev. Hugh Jones hurried to the souk to buy an olive wood cross to place on the communion table.

Center of the church

Apse (front of the church)

Rear of the church