04 June 2018

End of the Marian month in Jerusalem

At the end of the Marian month on Thursday May 31 religious authorities together with many local Christians of Jerusalem celebrated Mass and later participated in the traditional procession through the streets of the Holy City.

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Many local Christians participated in a mass at the convent of San Saviour in Jerusalem, presided over by the Latin parish priest Br Nerwan al Banna and in the presence of the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate Mgr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Nuncio Mgr Leopoldo Girelli and the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Francesco Patton.

Br NERWAN AL BANNA, ofm
Latin parish priest of Jerusalem
"Today, May ends. A month dedicated to the veneration of the Blessed Virgin. Today the parish of Jerusalem and other parishes have joined in prayer. Several initiatives were undertaken during this special month: one tradition among the most observed, is that of dressing young girls as the Madonna. "

"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour".
The words resounded throughout the month of May, to express love for Our Lady.

MAURICE SABELLA
Jerusalem
"I implore the Holy Virgin to intercede for us, in order to sow seeds of justice and peace for the Holy Land. May the Virgin grant us love, mercy and assistance ".

At the end of the celebration all the participants followed in procession with the image of Our Lady on the streets of the Old City in an atmosphere of faith and great devotion. Finally, the Apostolic Administrator gave his solemn blessing.