Sunday, 29 November 2009

Advent Sunday in Bethlehem

In the Holy Land Advent Sunday is celebrated with great solemnity in Bethlehem. Before first Vespers the Custos, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM is solemnly received in Manger Square after crossing the wall recently built which divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem.

In his introit for I Vespers the Custos venerates the place of the Nativity of Our Lord and the Holy Manger.

This morning during the solemn Mass the commemoration of St Catherine of Alexandria V&M (feast day November 25) was made. The Latin church over the Stable of Bethlehem is dedicated to her. These are some pictures taken by the Custody of the Holy Land.

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