Marking the Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Mary, on August 15, 2022, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa celebrated Holy Mass at the House of Visitation, Dabouq region, in western Amman, which is affiliated with the Rosary Sisters.
During the Holy Mass, permanent vows were professed by Sister Rand Hamarneh and the first vows were professed by both Sister Batoul Fakhoury and Sister Najlin Al-Benaa, while the vows were renewed by Sisters Angela Bshara and Sister Mary Mu'awad in the presence of the Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop Jamal Daibes, Mother Superior General of the Rosary Sisters Sophie Hattar, a number of priests and nuns, as well as a large number of the faithful.
In his homily, Patriarch Pizzaballa indicated that this celebration holds two occasions, the first one is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, and the second is the profession and renewal of vows which is an important thing in the life of the monastic and the ecclesial communities. He pointed out that the celebration, marking the Assumption of Blessed Mary, is completely associated with the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, so there is no assumption without resurrection.
He added: The resurrection is not only Christ's victory over death, but rather a new tiding for every person who believes in what it will be like after death. The Feast of the Assumption also means that all creatures change from a temporary state to a state of permanent glory. He continued that Blessed Mary served as a model of what we will be after death, indicating that death for a non-believer is an end, but for a believer it means fulfillment and completion, and that one's earthly life has an extension and a culmination with Christ.
Patriarch Pizzaballa pointed out that the monastic life is a sign of faith in the world of today, indicating that there is life with Christ. He added that the vows are a visible aspect of the Blessed Mary's assumption which incorporates a clear sign of this faith. Concluding his homily, he said, the Church is not called upon to perform great things, but to live in the midst of this world carrying hope and faith in the living and life-giving Christ.
Before the end of the Holy Mass, Sister Madeleine Dababneh thanked Patriarch Pizzaballa for presiding at this Holy Mass, wishing him continued blessings and good health to continue his pastoral message and achieve the objectives of the diocese for the good of believers and the salvation of souls.