Jerusalem, Dec 23, 2023 / 09:42 am
Christians in Jerusalem began the weekend before Christmas with an evening of prayer and music.
On Friday, Dec. 22, in the Church of St. Saviour, the Latin parish of Jerusalem, a small crowd of faithful gathered around the patriarch, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, for the penitential liturgy and Christmas carols performed by the three choirs of the parish.
“It is a moment of penance but also of joy,” the cardinal said introducing the prayer. “Bringing to God our poverty, our sins, is always an experience of joy because it means experiencing forgiveness, mercy, which we all need. Let us also bring to him all the pain for our land so that he may transform it, according to his will, into good and mercy.”