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
22 April 2019
Easter Message by Br. Francesco Patton, ofm Custos of the Holy Land
Jerusalem is the only place in the world where the Easter Vigil is celebrated in the morning on Holy Saturday. Here the bells rang out to mark the announcement: Christ is Risen!
On Good Friday, a moving celebration commemorates the deposition from the cross on Calvary and the burial of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre.
Living the Good Friday in Jerusalem through the traditional Way of the Cross. In the Way of Calvary, the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land retraced the last moments of the life of Jesus.
This week: The celebration of the Holy Sepulchre and the procession from Beitfage to Jerusalem of Palm Sunday; the celebration of the Easter Triduum at the Holy Sepulchre, the washing of the feet at the Last Supper; the collection of Good Friday for the Holy Land and finally the Easter message of the Custos of the Holy Land, Friar Francesco Patton.
At the Cenacle, today as more than 2000 years ago, the washing of the feet of 12 little disciples of the Latin parish of Jerusalem has been repeated.