JERUSALEM - The Latin parish of Jerusalem celebrated on Monday, May 31, 2021, the conclusion of the Marian month, with a Holy Mass and a procession in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Present were Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Bishop Emeritus Kamal Bathish, Fr. Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land, and several Latin Patriarchal priests and Franciscan Fathers, as well as several Religious Men and Women from the various religious orders in Jerusalem, and hundreds of the local faithful.
Fr. Amjad Sabbara presided over the Holy Mass in Saint Savior’s church. Following the Mass, Patriarch Pizzaballa presided over the solemn procession, holding the icon of the Virgin Mary. The traditional procession, which was animated by hymns and prayers, started from Saint Savior’s Monastery, passing through the courtyard of the Brothers’ school, and continued through the alleys of the Old City for a brief stop in the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate. The procession was concluded in Saint Savior’s Monastery, with the blessing of the Patriarch.
Following the blessing, members of the Arab Catholic Scouts group carried the statue of the Virgin Mary through the streets and alleys of the Christian Quarter in the Old City.