For two thousand years Christians have venerated the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is the physical location that proclaims the focus and summit of the Christian faith.
On this site Jesus Christ, a native Jew of the House of King David, proved through his passion and death, his miraculous resurrection, and his post-resurrection appearances that he is the great I AM, the one true God.
Why did he do this? It was for the benefit of everyone. Jesus is the Lamb of God who is the eternal sacrifice offered so that we may be reconciled to God and forgiven of our sins. This is the Gospel. This is indeed Good News!
No sin is out of reach of God's mercy through the body and blood of His Son, Our Lord Jesus.
No one can force you to accept His freely given forgiveness and love. Make your choice to begin following Him today and receive His peace.
The Risen Christ
Our ancient motto, "Deus Lo Vult!" (Latin for "God Wills It!) is generally regarded by most historians as originating as a cry for a "Just War" from the people present at the Council of Clermont in 1095, the "Just War" result was the First Crusade.
While this was indeed a historical event, the actual reference and context of the phrase comes directly from the New Testament book of 1 Timothy 2:1-6. Here the Word of God unambiguously states that God Wills everyone to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. It references prayer and evangelization as the preferred and pleasing actions which His followers should engage themselves with in order to achieve it.
As Christians and knighted defenders of the Catholic faith, we are charged with courageously spreading God's Truth in love; the Truth that there is only one God, and only one mediator between God and Man, Christ Jesus the Messiah.
News from Terra Santa Christian Media Center in Jerusalem
A busy weekend in Jerusalem. Highlights: the solemn entrance of Mons. Pizzaballa into the Holy Sepulcher and the Office of Readings on Saturday evening.
This week's events: Beginning of Lent-Helping the sick by St. Joseph hospital-Consecrated life in Jerusalem, where the feast of St. Maron was celebrated and where the Benedictines opened the doors of the Abbey of the Dormition. Finally, the journey of the Father Custos in Brazil.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Holy Land: local Christians are preparing to live this season intensely.
Br. Francesco Patton is the first Custos of the Holy Land to visit Brazil. It has been a long journey in a short period of time, however, both communities unquestionably showed their guests affection and hospitality.
An organ recital, a visit to the monastery, the sale of books and samples of delicious food: these were some of the activities that took place during the Open House of the Church of the Dormition of Mary for the pilgrims and inhabitants of Jerusalem.