12 April 2017

Celebrating both the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter together in Jerusalem

Eastern and Western Christians together: this year the Easter holiday is celebrated on the same days also by the Jews.

Archaeology, Culture, and other Religions

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This year, holy week is intense in the holy land where, besides the Eastern and Western Christians, the Jews too, celebrate their Easter. The word Easter, Pesach in Hebrew, means 'passover' and commemorates the end of slavery of the Hebrews in Egypt. An event that inaugurated their 40 year exodus in the desert in search of the Promised Land.

Fr. DAVID NEUHAUS, sj
Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Hebrew-speaking Catholics 
"The connection between the Jewish Passover and our Feast of the Resurrection is extremely strong. I could say that, if we did not grasp the meaning of the Passover, if we did not know well the laws and customs of this Easter, we would have great difficulty understanding the 'final week of Jesus' life.
Celebrating both the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter together with our brothers of all Christian denominations is a great thing. Celebrating Easter at the same time gives us the opportunity to reflect deeply on this connection."

A bond that seals the deep continuity between the First and Second Testament.

Fr. DAVID NEUHAUS, sj
Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Hebrew-speaking Catholics
"Evidently, Jesus came to Jerusalem for the Passover, since Jews used to go to the Temple Mount during the Feast of Passover.
Jesus chose this significant time to live His passion and His crucifixion."

Simultaneously important events that highlight the fact that all the promises made by God are fulfilled in Christ's Easter.

Fr. DAVID NEUHAUS, sj
Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Hebrew-speaking Catholics
“Let us remember that in the last supper, Jesus strongly encouraged us to love one another and to live in communion with each other ..
In the end, God will be all in all: the language of the earlier Passover conveyed to the later Christian Feast of Easter is an upcoming promise that envisions the entire humanity united as 'children of God'."