Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 2012 newsletter

Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 2012 newsletter

News from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of our Christmas and Epiphany Season, I greet you with joy and thanksgiving.

January has been a busy month. We have had the pleasure of extending our Christmas season through acknowledging the various dates of celebration of our Orthodox brothers and sisters. We have worshipped together during the Week of Christian Unity. We have greeted many visitors, who have come to the Land of the Holy One, not only on personal pilgrimage but also to support the Christians who live here.

We have visited our institutions and prayed together for peace. We have seen dear friends again and shared our stories of happiness and sadness. We are the Body of Christ, and so we share in the lives of each other. Our strength comes from God, our courage from Jesus, and our friendships grow among us as we live in full communion with Christ.

The highlights of this month included the celebration of the Feast of St. Paul’s, celebrated in the various churches of his name; and the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a dear friend and humble leader of the Anglican Communion.

As we make our way through the Church year, we now look toward Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It is a good time to think deeply about what we hope to reflect upon and how we hope to grow throughout the coming penitential season.

Peace, Salaam
Bp. Suheil Dawani
Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Click here to read the full newsletter, including the following items:

  • Epiphany celebrations
  • Bishop’s visit to the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity