This year, the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life and the Presentation of Jesus to the Lord in the Temple, which falls on February 2, was affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. Not being able to physically meet and celebrate this feast, the Union of the Religious and the Episcopal Commission for Consecrated Life in the Holy Land has organized online meetings that treat different topics related to the Consecrated Life.
On this occasion, His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, addressed a video message to the Consecrated men and women and thanked them for their service in the Diocese of Jerusalem.
Please find below the text of the message:
"Peace to all of you!
Today, we celebrate the Feast of Presentation of Jesus to the Lord in the Temple. It is also the feast of the religious life. A religious life, like the one of Simeon and Anna, is a life spent in expectation to see the Lord, and it is true, all the religious life is dedicated just to this expectation and work to see the Lord. Some of us already experienced Jesus, others are waiting to have this experience, but all our life is oriented to see Him. On this occasion, I want to thank all the religious in our diocese for the service they are doing, services that are very precious from the humblest service to the most committed one; everything is essential to the life of our diocese.
Last year was a really difficult year! Our life was, in a way, suspended, and I know that for some religious communities, it was challenging, even the most concrete aspect of their life, to have a serene life.
I pray for them. We all pray to have better opportunities for this year to have back our everyday, ordinary life full of activities spent for the benefit of the Church that we all love, the Church of Jerusalem."