Patriarch Twal celebrates Mass marking All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

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Patriarch Twal celebrates Mass marking All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

lpj and abouna.org

A Mass was celebrated at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, on Tuesday November 3, 2015, marking All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

The Mass was presided by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Fouad Twal in the presence of Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem Mgr William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar for Israel, Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo,Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Mgr Maroun Lahham, Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics Fr David Neuhaus, Emeritus Patriarchal Vica Mgr Kamal Bathish as well as a large number of priests, faithful and staffers of the Patriarchate.

In his homily, Patriarch Twal referred to sainthood lived at a daily rhythm, more often covert, like that of “mothers overwhelmed with hardships and deserving the status of “saints”. “We have saints who are in Heaven, and at the same time saints who live among us as brothers, sisters and friends. Sainthood means walking along the will of God, living in faith and true to God’s commandment of love”.

“Death is annoying and horrifying because we do not see it, he further said. It is a fact that awaits us all. In these dark days we should thank God for our loved-ones who died at home, surrounded by their families and friends. It is a blessing of the Lord, for they were able to receive the Sacrament of the Sick”

At the end of the Mass, celebrants, priests, and worshippers went to the crypt of the church where all former patriarchs are buried.

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 17:13
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