GALILEE – On the 7th of November 2016, in the Church dedicated to Ss. Twelve Apostles of the Domus Galilaeae, on the Mount of Beatitudes, Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israël, presided the celebration of the conferment of the ministry of the Lectorate to four seminarians from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Galilee.
The celebration took place in the liturgical setting of the feast of all the saints of the diocese of Jerusalem, attended by some representatives of the Sisters of Dorothean sisters, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, of the Neocatechumenal communities of Kefar, Yasif, Me’lia, Tarshiha and Jaffa of Nazareth, in which the neo-lectors live an experience of permanent formation in the faith. Present at the celebration, in addition to formators and seminarians, even some professors of the seminary Redemptoris Mater in Galilee, the brothers which conduct their volunteer work, the brothers and sisters of the Domus Galilaeae and the team responsible for the Neocatechumenal Way in the holy land and the Gulf. The neo-lectors for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem are: Juan Jose Fernandez Orbe, from Ecuador, Marek Kurzydlowski, Polish, and the Spaniards Angel Llavador Marco and Javier Martinez Alcalà. Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo was warmly welcomed by the assembly and especially by the seminarians from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, with which the bishop has already had the opportunity to meet on October 27, for the customary beginning-of-the-year visit of the Seminary. On that occasion, Bishop Marcuzzo, after meeting the new alumni, had offered the Seminary a reflection on parish ministry in the Holy Land, on the life and the history of the diocese and on some new publications of theological productions in Arabic. After praying with the seminarians, his Excellency had also accepted the profession of faith preceeding the diaconal ordination of the two seminarians Giovanni Falorni and Juan Manuel Silva Lopez, to be then welcomed in a fraternal lunch at the seminary. On this occasion Bishop Marcuzzo also called for a meeting of communion among the seminaries of the Patriarchate, a desire that was achieved, in a context of true fraternal spirit, in the meeting among the seminaries of Bet Jala, the Salesians, the Franciscans, the White Fathers and the Redemptoris Mater. The meeting consisted of, among other things, after, a Eucharist presided by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa and a meeting which the Apostolic Administrator held with the seminarians, also a game of football among the seminaries.
In today’s celebration, however, the prelate focused primarily on the Gospel of the Beatitudes, prime focus of the liturgical celebration, by relating it to the rite of the institution of lectors. “All are called to live their faith as a fruit of a biblical spirituality,” said Bishop Marcuzzo, continuing: “but the readers that are established today are called to do so together with a deep knowledge of the Church’s Tradition.” After having underlined the importance of the function of the lector to proclaim the Word in the Christian community and to interpret it always in the core of the Tradition of the Church, addressing the neo lectors, he added: “You are called to proclaim the Word united to the life of the Church.” To confirm this, His Excellency has offered a series of patristic citations on the importance of the Scripture and on the duty of each person, but especially the lector, to seek Christ in the Scripture. Among others, the bishop also mentioned the famous Augustine maxim: “You seek God to find him with greater sweetness, you find him to look for him with greater ardor” (“Nam et quaeritur ut inveniatur dulcius et invenitur ut quaeratur avidius”, De Trinitate 15,2,2) focusing on its value and its importance. Referring to the Gospel, Bishop Marcuzzo then highlighted the importance of the Beatitudes, regarded as the heart of the whole Gospel, and as a promise of consolation for all Christians. “This is the holy place where Jesus proclaimed the whole Sermon on the Mount”, exclaimed the prelate continued later: “Here we understand that the Beatitude that sums up all the others is the one that says “blessed are the merciful”, because God has created the whole universe with his mercy”. After stressing the importance of this ecclesial year of Mercy, his Excellency then reflected on the memory of all the saints of the diocese of Jerusalem, stressing that “we are all called to holiness and we in our diocese are fortunate to have many saints, interceding for us so that we may arrive with them to the joy of Heaven, they who have fulfilled the beatitudes that we heard. ”
At the end of the celebration Bishop Marcuzzo reminded the ones present at the celebration for the closing of the Holy Door of Mercy in Nazareth, inviting everyone to be present for the occasion.