Five Christmas bells

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Five Christmas bells

Five Christmas bells

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

The first bell rings at Al Hussein Cultural Center. The name of the center has a great significance as it carries the name of grand Hussein who had strengthened national unity. Abdullah II arrived at his father's center to patronize a distinguished Christmas ceremony in the presence of Crown Prince Hussein and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as in the presence of a number of Church leaders or representatives. The ceremony included Christmas hymns which call for love and peace sung before the King of the country. What a beautiful Christmas in the Land of Baptism!

The second bell: In Fuheis, the tree was lit under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah; in Madaba, it was lit by the prime minister; ; in Zarqa, it was lit near the governorate building; and in Ajloun, the governor patronized an official celebration. Almost all the towns and villages in Jordan lit Christmas trees and opened charity bazaar so that "hate would be eliminated, and the Earth would bloom" according to a hymn.

The third bell rings in Na'our: The Tree of National Unity was lit in Na'our in cooperation with the Khalil Al-Salem Charity Society, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in addition to the Nashama of Na’our Society, and the Our Lady of Lourdes Association for the Welfare of Women and Childhood which was established recently. What is distinguished about the Tree of National Unity is its slogan, namely “Our Martyrs are the Decoration of Our Tree'' as the tree was decorated with names and photos of children who lost their lives in the recent Dead Sea flashfloods incident. It is time for supplication and prayer for their innocent souls, for the sake of their families and their beloved ones, and for the extended Jordanian family which was bereaved by the loss of these children in tragic circumstances.

The fourth bell will be joyfully rung marking the start of the New Year 2019. The UAE called the New Year "The year Tolerance" which also marks the 20th anniversary of His Majesty the King's ascension to the dear Hashemite Throne. It is also the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of Christmas as a national holiday for all citizens. This "twinning" between the 20th anniversary of the ascension to the throne and the 20th national anniversary of the proclamation of Christmas demonstrates the wise and beautiful approach that His Majesty the King has set since his early days, so that modern Jordan would remain based on mutual respect, on a culture of acceptance, and on the values of citizenship and equality.

The fifth bell rings in Lebanon where a message was written by a journalist who dedicated herself to dialogue and rapprochement between the followers of religions. The young Muslim woman, Mahasen Hadarah, says: "At Christmas time, the march of love, peace, and faith in the East will be renovated. In the East is the birthplace of the Virgin Mary and Lord Jesus. In Christmas, the bells ring joyfully marking the grand feast, and we bow our heads in honor and love for the Child who turned bleak nights into shining light.''

For the sake of the Queen of all women and Her Child Lord Jesus Christ, we pledge to all believers that we will ring all church bells in honor of Messenger Muhammad and of the human civilization whose existence, creativity, and values are only fulfilled by love among all humans.

After more than 2,000 years of the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, after the darkness that has descended on this East, the light will shine gain. Wait for it.

Jesus Christ is born hallelujah.

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