[FR] Martyrs of Jordan Church Project of Marj El Hamam (Jordan)
The town of Marj Alhamam lies on the outskirts of Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is 7 kilometres from the Seventh Circle.
The Marj El Hamam Parish:
The parish of Marj Alhamam is one of the parishes of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Jordan.
The parish was founded in 1986 and counts 150 families. The Parish Priest is Father Hanna Kildani.
The current Parish Church, Sacred Heart, is in the Parish Compound which consists of two parts: the Church and the Convent. The present Church is the ex-parish kindergarten which has been converted into a church for 120 people.
The aim of the new church building project is for a church to serve the parish of Marj Alhamam as well as the wider district of Amman, Seventh Circle, extending to the Queen Alia International Airport Road, in all this will serve an area in the form of an arc stretching some 30 kilometres.
Our small parish also has St Joseph’s of the Apparition Convent whose nuns serve the parish.
The nuns also have 15 novices and postulants preparing to enter the Convent as nuns. Similarly they help the parish in many capacities: for instance, pastoral care, youth work and all catechetical work for state school pupils.
Martyrs of Jordan Church Project:
Latin Convent, Marj Alhamam, Amman
Saints Zainoun and Zainas and All the Holy Martyrs of Jordan
Many saints and martyrs have hallowed the land of Jordan but only a few of them are commemorated in the canon of the Church. Their feast days are: 10th June, Saint Asterius, Bishop of Petra in the 4th century.
23rd June, the Martyrs Zainoun and Zainas who won the crown of martyrdom on the same day in 304 AD, and 1st August. Saints Cyril, Aquila, Peter, Domitianus, Rufus and Menander from Philadelphia, now Amman.
We must not forget the prophet Moses who lies buried on Mount Nebo near Madaba and Saint
John the Baptist who was beheaded by King Herod in Fort Machaerus, south of Madaba.
Saint John the Baptist, revered for preparing the way for the Lord, is also the patron saint of Jordan.
The new church building project is situated in the district of Marj Alhamam. The principal benefactor is Mr Jamil Khalil
Sleiman Naber (R.I.P) & Mrs Laurice Naber, New York, USA. (Mr Jamil passed away in 2006, R.I.P.) The church is situated in Marj Alhamam, 7 kilometres from the Seventh Circle in Amman, capital of Jordan. It is 30 kilometres from the airport, 28 from Madaba and 45 from the Baptismal Site on the river Jordan. The project will consist of a hall, 35 metres in length, 20 in width with a height of 4.5 metres. The Church itself will be larger with
a length of 40 metres, a width of 20 metres and a height in the centre of 12.5 metres and at the sides 7 metres. The body of the church will be able to hold up to 800 people while the car parks will have an area of 2000 square metres.
Progress of work (3rd December 2009): Almost all the basic structural work on the church has now been completed, by the church contractor Samir Nemat Co, with the last bit being completion and tiling of the bell tower. The Sarouwat Company carried out the tiling work and on 3rd December the cross was installed on the top of the belfry using a special 35 metre (100 foot plus) crane.
The cross itself was made by Butros Nam’at Co, in Marj Alamam. Currently further work on fitting out the interior of the church is on hold because of the lack of necessary funds in our budget but we are getting on with some of the outside work such as the courtyards and surrounding flower beds, paths and enclosure walls. This work is being undertaken by Engineer Samir Shorky and Company.
Father Hanna Kildani