05 June 2017

Come, Holy Spirit

In Jerusalem, numerous events took place during the Solemnity of Pentecost: From the Franciscans to the Benedictines, from the Sepulcher to the Cenacle, the hymn of Invocation to the Holy Spirit resounded everywhere.

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In the Feast of Pentecost, from St. Peter's Square to Jerusalem, a single invocation: “Come Holy Spirit!”

In Jerusalem, the city where the descent of the Holy Spirit took place, not far from Mount Zion, Saturday vigil was celebrated among the olive trees, in the grotto of Gethsemane. The liturgy was presided over by Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Five readings: the synthesis of the story of salvation, from Babel to Pentecost.

H.E. Mons. PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA, ofm
Latin Patriarchate Apostolic Administrator Jerusalem
"Men, then as now, cannot do without God. Satan's great temptation from Genesis to this day is to believe that we can live without God and that it is posssible to have freedom without God. It is in the Spirit, that is, in obedience to the Father, that the Spirit makes it possible for us to find our freedom."

Fr. DIEGO DALLA GASSA, ofm
Grotto of Gethsemane
“To proclaim the Word here, where the Word was born and to do it in different languages, (I believe) it is the most beautiful thing we can do. Re-listen to the Word where it was born, where it all began.”

On Sunday morning, the 'Veni Creator' hymn resounded in the churches of Jerusalem.

In the St. Savior Church which recalls the memory of the Cenacle, the Mass was presided over by the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, together with the community of Arab Christians, but also with the participation of the various religious communities present in the Holy Land.

Fr. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
"We celebrate the event here in the St. Savior Church, where all the 'Titles' of the Cenacle were transferred, and in the afternoon, we will celebrate it in the Cenacle, in the hall of the 'descent of the Holy Spirit', the room in which we commemorate this gift. It is a particularly important holiday because, without the gift of the Holy Spirit, we would not be living Christians. We would be dead Christians.”

Fr. NIRWAN ALBANNA, ofm
Parish Priest – St. Savior Church
"To us, inhabitants of this holy city, Jerusalem, this holiday means a lot. Because the descent of the Holy Spirit gave birth to the Church, bringing the Gospel all over the world.”

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, due to the coincidence of the calendar, the Greek Orthodox Church also celebrated the solemnity of Pentecost with a liturgy presided by Patriarch Theophilos III
The Solemnity of Pentecost was also celebrated in the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem. In this place, as tradition has it, Mary fell asleep before being taken to Heaven.

The place, just a few meters away from the Cenacle, is under the custody of the Benedictine friars ... Mass was presided by the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Monsignor Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

In the homily, the Archbishop considered that in the same way that God breathed in Adam's nostrils to give him life, so Jesus breathed on the disciples the breath of the new life so that they might live as resurrected ones.

Mons. Pizzaballa also explained that, when the Spirit descended upon the gathered disciples, He made a community of brothers and the Church was born. "The Holy Spirit does not create perfect people, because not even the saints are perfect. The Holy Spirit creates brotherhood, reconciles differences, makes unity possible!”

During the celebration, eight young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation and with it, the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Dr. NIKODEMUS SCHNABEL, osb
Prior Administrator of the Abbey of Dormition
"Today, we renew a very beautiful and ancient tradition in which the Patriarch of Jerusalem (today the Apostolic Administrator, PierBattista Pizzaballa) celebrates, together with us Benedictine friars, the Pontifical Mass of Pentecost. We are celebrating with the German-language parish we are hosting and with all the foreign pilgrims. It is a fantastic opportunity, especially for young people, to receive the sacrament of confirmation in the Church of Pentecost, just on Pentecost ... it is fabulous!”

In the afternoon, Catholics celebrated Pentecost in the Holy Cenacle, where, as tradition says, the apostles and Mary received the Holy Spirit.

Fr. MICHAEL PATELLA, osb
Church of Dormition
"Right here, the Holy Spirit descended for the first time upon the disciples and the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room of the Cenacle, filling them with fervor of the gifts of the Spirit, with love and the desire to bring their mission to the whole world."

Along with the Custos of the Holy Land, the Franciscans and the pilgrims recited the Vespers ...

The faithful were anointed with holy oil ... the holy place was incensed, to commemorate the Word that says that disciples prayed in different tongues and that every faithful recited the 'Our Father' in his own language.

Fr. FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm
Custos of the Holy Land
"Without the gift of the Holy Spirit, we would have no prospect of the future, for He is the Lord who gives life and the Spirit who resurrected Jesus from the dead and who will also resurrect us. Without the Holy Spirit, there would not be any communion nor communication, for it is the Holy Spirit that brings unity of all different members into one body.”