Traditional procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
HAIFA – On Sunday, April 10, 2016, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, led the traditional annual procession in tribute to the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. H.E. Bishop Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Galilee, Bishop Kamal Bathish, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, the Carmelite Order, many priests and religious, and thousands of faithful of the region, of Jerusalem and the West Bank, participated.
The procession is organized by the parish of Saint Joseph to process to the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Stella Maris). The scouts led the procession and the girls wore the traditional Palestinian dress to honor the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a faithful replica of the precious original. Once the procession arrived at St. Elias, His Beatitude presided over prayers and delivered a moving address about the special role of the Virgin in the life of Christians. He implored her intercession for peace in the region and the world.
During the first world war in December 1914, the Turkish army ordered the Carmelites to leave the convent of Mount Carmel within three hours. They then moved the 300 years old statue of the Virgin to the Latin Church of St. Joseph in the city center, where the statue remained until the end of the war. After Easter 1919, the statue was returned to Mount Carmel in procession and since then a procession of thanksgiving to the Virgin is held every year. A festive gathering during which the people implore the protection of the Madonna on themselves, on the city of Haifa, but also throughout the Holy Land.
This fervant and colorful procession is certainly the largest gathering of Christians in the Holy Land after the Palm Sunday in Jerusalem.
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