NAZARETH – On April 22,2017, Mercy Sunday, 28 fifth grade children were confirmed by Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Israel, assisted by Fr. Elias Tabban in the Latin parish of Saint John the Apostle, Jaffa of Nazareth.
In his homily, the Bishop emphasized the beauty of receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in a paschal and evangelical context, taking the appearance of Jesus in the Upper Room, saying: “Peace be with you … as the Father has sent me, so I send you … Receive the Holy Spirit.” He also referred to the importance of being confirmed in the faith, becoming apostles and witnesses of the risen Christ in the midst of the challenges of today and tomorrow for the Middle East.
At the end of the Mass, the Rosary Sisters and the parish priest, Don Nidal Qanzou’a, were recognized for accompanying these children in the confirmation process for organizing of this successful celebration. It was a moment of joy for many families.
From our correspondent in Nazareth
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