JERUSALEM – The Home Our Lady of Sorrows, located in the neighborhood of Ras El-Amud, celebrated 150 years of the Congregation founded in France. The feast brought together many friends of the community. There was a combination of joy and excitement in the celebration of 150 years of love offered without distinction.
The home in Jerusalem is the last to celebrate the 150 years Jubilee of the congregation; after Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria and houses in France. The Home Our Lady of Sorrows invited friends, families of the residents and authorities for a great festive day. The morning and early afternoon were devoted to carnival games to the delight of children and adults.
At 4:00 p.m. a solemn Mass was celebrated by Dom René Hascouët, Abbot of the Abbey of Latrun, in the chapel of the Home in the presence of the Consul General of France and many priests and seminarians.
The Mother General of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother Isabelle, welcomed the assembly and recalled the charism of Miss Saint-Frai and Father Dominique Ribes, the founders of the congregation in 1866: “devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, Saint Francis of Assisi, the same compassion, the same dedication to the elderly, the same trust in Providence.”
She thanked friends and benefactors, especially the Knights of the the Holy Sepulchre of Germany, Belgium and France, who regularly help the home. The Abbot in his homily associated the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows to the mercy of God and the spiritual motherhood of Mary for all men.
The Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows are still a witness of this mercy and are called, beyond providing quality care, to “be a comforting presence, offer free to all without distinction, a love that encourages them to live and be a testimony to the text of their Constitution: Love simply with a universal heart. ”
Josef Asfour and his team, after animating the Mass, joined Father Feras Hijazin OFM, pastor of Saint Saviour in singing religious or secular, Palestinian and French songs. All joyfully gathered together in partaking of the celebration cake.
Towards the end of the day, Jean-François Klos, director of the Home, offered a show depicting the life of Saint Mary Frai and the founding of the Congregation. The performers were volunteers, and with the choir led the audience in procession to the Lourdes grotto located outside of the home. The day of celebration ended and everyone went home after receiving the blessing of the Lord.