Nazareth and Taybeh celebrate the feastday of Blessed Charles de Foucauld
Taybeh : Mass, inauguration of amphitheater and exhibition
On Sunday 30 November 2014 the Parish Priest of Taybeh, Fr. Aziz Halaweh, invited Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo to preside over the mass of the 1st Sunday of Advent to inaugurate the Year of Consecrated Life and to relive the memory of Blessed Charles de Foucauld who had chosen Taybeh for his spiritual retreat and whose feastday falls on 1st December.
On this occasion Msgr G.B. Marcuzzo blessed and inaugurated the new small amphitheater which was refurbished for the sake of many pilgrims, in front of the “House of Parables”, as well as a photo exhibition on the modern history of Taybeh, taken from the photography archives of the Dominicans, who run the Biblical & Archaeological School in Jerusalem.
Nazareth: priority to adoration, along the style of Charles de Foucauld
In Nazareth, the feast day of Blessed Charles de Foucauld was celebrated on 1st December, organized this year by the Junior Brothers of Jesus Caritas. As a matter of fact, three communities share the spiritual and historical heritage of Blessed Charles in Nazareth: the Clarisses Sisters, the Junior Brothers and Sisters who successively prepare for the yearly feast day.
Normally it is a Eucharistic celebration which culminates the feast day, but this year Fr. Marco Cosini and his community of Junior Brothers of Jesus Caritas preferred to focus on another eminent aspect of the spirituality of the Blessed: adoration of the Holy Sacrament all day long, the same way Brother Charles used to do in Nazareth and in the Sahara Desert.
In the morning, the Holy Sacrament was exposed in the same chapel where Fr Charles spent hours in adoration. Throughout the whole day faithful or smaller groups (classes, societies, families …) followed one another in taking time for prayer, helped by beautiful texts written by the “doorman of the Clarisses Convent”
At the end of the day an hour of Community adoration and a benediction ended the celebration.
Text: our correspondents in Taybeh and Galilae
Photos: S.T, R.W, M.C.