On February 5th, 2023, Mgr Rafic Nahra, Patriarchal Vicar for Israel, presided over a Mass for the Feast of Saint Simeon and Saint Anne in the house of the same name, located not far from the Old City. The Mass was concelebrated, among others, by Fr. Piotr Zelasko, Patriarchal Vicar for the Saint James Vicariate, and Fr. Benny di Bitonto, the parish priest.
“You are the salt of the earth. […] You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13). After the reading of the Gospel, Mgr Rafic insisted on these two sentences said by Christ to His disciples, explaining that, like too much or too little salt spoils the taste and too much or too little light damages the eyes, we, as Christians, had to find the balance in our lives that would allow us to spread the light of Christ in the world. His words were later reflected in the general intercessions, during which different people from the assembly asked to pray for others and for the people of the Holy Land.