Bethlehem celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Bethlehem celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By Vivien Laguette/

On Friday, June 8, the faithful of Bethlehem gathered the Salesian church to celebrate the sacred Heart of Jesus during a Mass and a solemn procession presided over by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Celebrated every third Friday after Pentecost, the Sacred Heart of Jesus was instituted by Pope Clement XIII in 1765 and extended by Pope Pius IX through the creation of a feast dedicated to him. This solemnity has its origins in the words of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus revealed Himself several times between 1673 and 1675. At His first apparition, Jesus revealed His passionate love for mankind and chose to spread “the flames of his radiant love”. The great apparition of June 1675 was an opportunity for Jesus to address her in these terms: “Behold the Heart that has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to Its love.

Jesus then asked her that a special feast, the Friday following the octave of the Corpus Christi, be instituted to honor His Heart and to repair, by the Holy Eucharist, the indignities He has received. He ends by promising abundant graces to those who will pay Him this honor. Today, the devotion to the Sacred Heart makes it possible to reconsider the gifts of tenderness, love and human relationships that give a sense of meaning to life.

It is therefore to commemorate these three gifts that the faithful of Bethlehem found themselves in the Salesian Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for a solemn Mass presided over by Archbishop Pizzaballa and concelebrated by Fr. Imad Kamel, vicar of the parish priest of St. Catherine; Fr. Ibrahim Shomali, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate; Fr. Yacoub Rafidi, Rector of the Seminary of Beit Jala, and some Salesian fathers. In his homily, the Chancellor recalled the words of Jesus in the letter to the Hebrews: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart” and chained, saying that “therefore, love, sweetness, affection and tenderness should always be our visible mark. ”

All those present – priests, religious men and women, seminarians, deacons and parishioners – then started the procession in the streets of Bethlehem towards the church of St. Catherine in a fanfare with the Scouts and the rhythm of prayers to the Virgin Mary. After a few minutes’ rest in the church to gather and pray, the procession returned to the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus where the parishioners were then able to share a small reception proposed by the Salesian fathers.

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 18:07
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