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Lent Comes to Jerusalem

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“Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights” (Mt 4:2)

 

On Ash Wednesday, 13th of February 2013, the Roman Catholic Church enters the liturgical period of Lent – forty days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving that are going to lead us through the Holy Week towards the joyful celebrations of Easter.

 

The period of Lend commemorates Christ’s forty days and nights of strict fasting in the desert, right after His baptism and just before the beginning of His public ministry. There in the wilderness of Judea, traditionally on the Mount of Temptation, Jesus endured Satan’s temptation and again overcame the sin. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Mt 4:1)

 

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Lent, observed in deep prayer, penance and repentance, is a special time of preparation for Christ’s death and rebirth. Here, in Jerusalem, this period has a really special meaning as it can be celebrated with one of the earliest Christian communities in the world, in the town which has witnessed His passion and resurrection.

 

Ash Wednesday

 

The Lent opening mass of Ash Wednesday, celebrated in St. Savior's Church in Jerusalem at 7 pm (in Italian), is well attended by local and foreign Catholic believers. According to Western Churches, Ash Wednesday holds the tradition of scattering ashes on the foreheads of the faithful  to symbolize their repentance before God. “[…] for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19)

 

Celebrations in the Holy Sepulcher

 

Throughout the period of Lent until Easter, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the Calvary – the place where Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead, will be the focus palce for the various liturgical celebrations.

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Each Saturday during Lent, a solemn Way of the Cross, lead by the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, takes place along the stations of the cross in the Basilica, with a special procession around the Tomb of Christ. The fragrance of incense, sounds of organs and hymns, and hundreds of lit candles will accompany the celebration. Just before midnight, the night vigils begin in the Latin part of the church, followed by another procession around the Holy Tomb.

On Sundays, His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch, celebrates High Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

 

16/02 – Saturday - Eve of the 1st Sunday of Lent

 

  • 2 p.m. -  Solemn Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre followed by Solemn Procession
  • 11:40 p.m. - Solemn Matins in the Chapel of the Apparition.

17/02 – 1st Sunday of Lent

 

  • 8:30 a.m. - Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by the High Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene.

23/02 – Saturday - Eve of the 2nd Sunday of Lent

 

  • 2 p.m. -  Solemn Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre followed by Solemn Procession
  • 11:40 p.m. - Solemn Matins in the Chapel of the Apparition.

24/02 - 2nd Sunday of Lent

 

  • 8:30 a.m. - Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by the High Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene.

02/03 – Saturday - Eve of the 3rd Sunday of Lent

 

  • 2:30 p.m. -  Solemn Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre followed by Solemn Procession
  • 11:40 p.m. - Solemn Matins in the Chapel of the Apparition.

03/03 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

 

  • 8:30 a.m. - Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by the High Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene.

09/03 – Saturday - Eve of the 4th Sunday of Lent

 

  • 2:30 p.m. -  Solemn Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre followed by Solemn Procession
  • 11:40 p.m. - Solemn Matins in the Chapel of the Apparition.

10/03 – 4th Sunday of Lent

 

  • 8:30 a.m. - Entry of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, followed by the High Mass in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene.

16/03 – Saturday - Eve of the 5th Sunday of Lent

 

  • 4 p.m. -  The daily procession of the Friars of the Holy Sepulchre. No entry of his Beatitude the Latin Patriarch at 2:30 p.m.

17/03 – 5th Sunday of Lent

 

  • 5:30 a.m. - High Mass at the Tomb, sung by the Friars of the Holy Sepulchre (No Entry of His Beatitude at 08:30)

 

Via Dolorosa

 

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Every Friday at 3 pm, visitors can join the Franciscan brothers as they walk down the Via Dolorosa – the Way of the Cross to commemorate Jesus’ passion under the cross. The procession walks along the streets of Jerusalem to mark the journey of Christ from Pilate’s Pretorium to Golgotha. The scriptures are recited in English, Arabic, Italian and Spanish.

 

Franciscan Pilgrimage

 

During Lent, Franciscan brothers make pilgrimages to various shrines around Jerusalem related to the Passion of Christ:

 

 

  • 27/02 (Wednesday) - Commemoration of the Weeping of the Lord at 4 pm in Dominus Flevit on the Mount of Olives.
  • 06/03 (Wednesday) - Commemoration of the Agony of the Lord at 4 pm in the Basilica of the Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.
  • 13/03 (Wednesday) - Commemoration of the Flagellation of the Lord at 4 pm in the Flagellation Church in the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • 14/03 (Thursday) in Bethany (El-Azarya) at the Tomb of Lazarus at 6:30 am and at 7:30 am in the Church. The celebrations will be follow by the spiritual pilgrimage to Pater Noster Church and the Chapel of Ascension.
  • 20/03 (Wednesday) - Commemoration of the Way of the Cross at 5 pm in Lithostrotos (Ecce Homo) Church in the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.

 

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Beata Andonia works for the Bethlehem tourist bureau and blogs regularly about Bethlehem for Travelujah-Holy Land Tours. She is originally from Poland and moved to Bethlehem in 2010.

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