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Holy Thursday Reflection 9th. April 2009 Brother Jack Curran, FSC, PhD

brother jack curran

I am in Jerusalem today and it is Holy Thursday. I am fortunate to be able to be here with some of the Brothers from Bethlehem University as we take a few days of prayer and reflection during these Holy Days of the Triduum – leading us to the joy of Easter Sunday.


It is a blessing to have these few days of rest from work to reflect and pray on the sacred mysteries and to be here in Jerusalem - the place of the “original” Holy Week where Jesus was brought by the leaders of his time before Pilate (the governor of the Roman occupying forces of his time) to be condemned to death - here in Jerusalem - and where the crowds were rallied against him and yelled "crucify him" -- which they did – yes, they crucified him here in Jerusalem with two thieves alongside him.


All this took place here in Jerusalem, but it is not the WHOLE story. Right?!

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Sukkot: the Feast of Tabernacles: where stands it now in Christian life?

david neuhaus

Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) on April 25, 1962. Religious profession in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on August 20, 1994. Ordained a priest on September 8, 2000. Appointed Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics by H.B. Fouad Twal on March 15, 2009.


Today, our brothers the Jews are celebrating the first day of the Sukkot's feast. In this occasion, Fr David Neuhaus, Patriarchal for the Hebrew comunities in Israel, gives us an explanation about the evolution of this feast in the christian tradition.


In the Biblical tradition there are three central pilgrimage feasts: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Two of these three celebrations are explicitly taken up into the New Testament and receive a further layer of meaning.


Passover is celebrated not only as the liberation from slavery in Egypt but the celebration of liberation from death through the cross and resurrection of Jesus (Easter).

Pentecost is not only the celebration of the first fruits of the land, but the celebration of the first fruit of heaven – the giving of the Holy Spirit.

However, what happened to the feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in the Christian tradition?

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Homily of the Grand Prior 1986



The Shrine of the Beatitudes, for example, north of the Sea of Galilee, gives a view of the Lake in all its various moods; these scenes once met the eyes of Christ himself.  East of the old City of Jerusalem is another example, the church called Dominus Flevit, the site approximately of the Gospel passage which we have just heard: "...he came in sight of the city and shed tears over it".  Centuries before, good Israelites who missed the sight of the City wept also:  "By the rivers of Babylon there we sat and wept, remembering Sion" (ps. 136).  At another time, people thrilled at the beauty of the City:  "Mount Sion, true pole of the earth, the Great King's city!  God, in the midst of its citadels, has shown himself its stronghold" ps. 48).

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A march of Faith

Parish Priest & Parish School in Jordan: A March of Faith

This paper seeks both to analyse and explain the position of Catholic schools in Jordan, where Catholics form a minority community within a mainly Moslem society.


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