EIN ARIK - On August 23, 2020, the Halaweh family was reunited in the church of the Annunciation parish, Ein Arik on the occasion of the Jubilee of the 50 years of marriage of Adnan and Fadwa, as well as the 25th priesthood anniversary of their son, Father Aziz, priest of the Latin Patriarchate. A Golden Jubilee for the parents and Silver Jubilee for the son were celebrated by Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo before a small gathering, due to the sanitary restrictions still in force in Palestine.
The parish of Ein Arik, a few kilometers from Ramallah, on Sunday, August 23, hosted the celebration of two significant jubilees for the Halaweh family: Adnan and Fadwa’s 50 years of marriage – witnessed initially by Fr. Sleiman Samandar – as well as the 25 years of ordination of their son Aziz, priest of the Latin Patriarchate and Director of the Archives Office.
A small group attended the ceremony adhering to the sanitary rules imposed by the Palestinian authorities. Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, presided over the celebration. Several priests of the Latin Patriarchate were also present, Father Firas AbedRabbo, recently ordained in Beit Jala, Father Ibrahim Shomali, Father Jamal Khader, Father Remon Haddad, and Father Hanna Cinti, parish priest, Ein Arik.
The Little Family of the Annunciation Community priests and religious sisters were present and animated the celebration with worship songs.
Bishop Marcuzzo dedicated his homily to the biblical meaning of Jubilee - applied to marriage. He gave thanksgiving for God’s fidelity and congratulated the couple for their faithfulness while enduring hardships over the past 50 years. Adnan and Fadwa’s seven children made the trip, along with the couple’s twenty grand nieces and nephews. The Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate recalled that the Halaweh family hails from the Mother Church of Jerusalem, whose origins go back to the first Christian community in the Holy Land, a family “which relates directly to Jesus Christ.”
A meal was shared at the Halaweh couple’s home, where guests enjoyed local delicacies from the garden and the work of Adnan and Fadwa. The garden has the particularity of housing the first tree in the village when it was founded in the 13th century.
The Youth of Jesus’s Homeland, who recently launched an initiative to raise funds to help disaster-stricken families in Beirut, set up a stand in front of the church where rosaries were available for sale.