TABGHA – On the morning of September 29, 2018, at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves in Tabgha, in Galilee, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, presided over the diaconal ordination of two German Benedictine monks.
Mass was held in the impressive setting of the Galilee countryside, near the Sea of Galilee, in the place where Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. The celebration took place in the presence of a large and warm crowd coming from Germany to Galilee to attend the diaconal ordination of the two Germans; Josef San Torcuato OSB and Simeon Gloger OSB. The Mass was concelebrated by Abbot Bernhard Maria Alter, OSM, and animated by the monastic community of the Abbey of the Dormition of Jerusalem and Tabgha.
On the day when the church celebrated the Archangel Saints Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, Archbishop Pizzaballa reflected in his homily on the role these three Archangels play in the life of the Church and, above all, in our daily faith. Believing in the Archangels is a challenge for today’s Christians who are looking for the tangible. Reflecting on the role of these celestial figures is a useful exercise in a time where faith is frequently looked for very often far from the mystical sphere and genuine spirituality. The words of the Archbishop echoed the exhortation of Pope Francis who, from Rome, at the same time invited the faithful from all over the world to invoke St. Michael the Archangel, in the recitation of the Rosary in the month of October.
The Mass was animated by the choir of religious women who chanted in Latin and German. At the end of the celebration, one of the two neo-deacons expressed his heartfelt thanks to his community and to Archbishop Pizzaballa. Mass was followed by a festive refreshment in the garden adjacent to the church.