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The Patriarch invited back to praying for rain

The Patriarch invited back to praying for rain

FT-lettre-pluieJERUSALEM – In November 2013, the Patriarch in a letter addressed to the faithful of the diocese to pray for rain. A heavy fall of snow followed this request, but since then, the level of precipitation has been abnormally low and can endanger agricultural production in 2014. That is why, in a letter written in Arabic, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, again invites, during the Sunday Mass of February, the faithful to pray for the gift of rain.

Here are some excerpts of the letter of Patriarch to his flock: “To the extent that the country suffers from a severe lack of rain since last year, we are threatened by drought. Acting in accordance with the words of Our Lord Who asks us to trust in God the Father, pleading and imploring with faith, we encourage you to intone prayers and pursue devotions for the Lord to save us from this danger and spare us the evils of drought by opening the doors of Heaven and granting us the grace of an abundant rainfall. “Ask and you shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you”(Matthew 7, 8).

At the diocesan level, we felt it appropriate to make Sunday, February 9, 2014, a day of prayers and requests in churches and parishes, for this intention, firmly believing that God will answer our prayers, imploring Him to accept our obedience and our dedication, to fill us with His mercy, and grant us His graces from Heaven, his gifts and His blessings!”

+ Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem