(Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) Tabgha, November 22, 2015 – The Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King celebrated their annual feast in the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves.
The Solemnity of Christ the King is observed in the Universal Church and is an occasion for celebrations in parishes, religious congregations and associations in the Holy Land.
The community of Benedictine Sisters of the Eucharistic King was no exception, as they celebrated their annual feast in Tabgha. For this occasion, Sister Leah and the five sisters of the Tabgha Convent invited Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel as the main celebrant of the Solemn Mass with Benedictine and Filipino priests. The German volunteers of Beit Noah assisted during Mass, and music was animated by the choir of the Divine Mercy Filipino Community at Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center in south Tel Aviv. Filipino religious Sisters from different congregations were present for this occasion along with over 150 Filipino migrants from Tel Aviv, Nazareth and Afula, Qiryat Shemona, Tiberias and Rosh Pina.
In his homily, Bishop Marcuzzo asked the assembly: “How can we be true servants of Christ the King in the current circumstances in the Middle East? With prayers and tireless work for peace at all levels, by total and sincere consecration of ourselves to Christ as baptized or religious. Through the practice of mercy, of charity without limits, unconditionally and unreservedly in the spirit of the “Jubilee Year of Mercy”, that we will soon celebrate.”
After Mass, the faithful were welcomed to a joyful and friendly gathering. A festive meal was shared by everyone present in the garden of the seven sources, adjacent to the Basilica and facing the Sea of Galilee.
The Benedictines Sisters of the Eucharistic King is a congregation with contemplative and missionary charism, founded in Baguio City (Philippines) in 1931 by Fr. Ed. Danner, OSB. The Sisters have been serving in Tabgha since 1995, providing a witness of the Benedictine monastic presence, assisting in welcoming pilgrims in the Basilica of the Multiplication and doing pastoral outreach to Filipino migrants in the area.
From our correspondent in Galilee.