Two newly ordained priests say ‘yes’ in the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth

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Two newly ordained priests say ‘yes’ in the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth

By Rula Shomali/ lpj.org

On Friday, June 22, 2018, the series of priestly ordinations for the diocese of Jerusalem has started in the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth, during a Holy Mass presided by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The new priests: Amer Jubran and Tony Hain.

Several priests concelebrate the Mass among them were Fr. Hanna Kildani, Patriarchal Vicar in Nazareth; Fr. Yacoub Rafidi, rector of the Latin Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala; Fr. Ibrahim Shomali, chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; Fr. Rafic Nahra, in presence of HB Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the seminarians of the Latin Seminary of Beit Jala, religious communities, parents of the newly ordained and the faithful.

In his homily, which Fr. Hanna Kildani read in Arabic, Archbishop Pizzaballa addressed therein the two deacons: “You are here today because you have said with conviction, joy and without conditions “yes” to God. These are three important attitudes. You are here because you are convinced, with your full will, without fear. Full of joy: you do not start an adventure like this, of which nothing is known about its future – where you will go, what you will do, how you will live – if there is not something big in your heart that pushes you to give your consent with joy. One does not give one’s own way to another without joy.”

In conclusion, the Apostolic Administrator assured the new priests that they were not alone, and they could count on the prayer and support of all the priests of the Latin Patriarchate and all the brothers and sisters of the Church, as they were all gathered around them to express the same joy for their ‘yes’, through which a new life is given to all of the faithful.

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:39
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