The Garden

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The night before Jesus was crucified, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray with three of his disciples—James, John, and Peter. Gethsemane was a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives just outside of Jerusalem, though the exact location is unknown today. According to Biblical accounts, Jesus prayed while his disciples slept. Judas easily betrayed Jesus because the Garden of Gethsemane was a place often frequented by Jesus for solace and prayer, making the arrest certain.

Many cemeteries have sculptures and artwork depicting Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Two such works can be found in the Westview Cemetery of Atlanta, Georgia. The stained glass window in the Westview Cemetery Mausoleum depicts Jesus praying. A small portion of the window shows the three disciples who fell asleep while Jesus prayed. The white-marble sculpture features a solitary Jesus looking to the Heavens in prayer.

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