Devotion, prayer and celebrations in the holy places. We bring you the most important celebrations in the liturgical calendar, celebrated at the very place where the events originally occurred – to help you experience the Gospel events in their original spatial and temporal setting, and help you appreciate the richness and uniqueness of the ancient and ever-living liturgy of Jerusalem.
The first Sunday of Lent for Christian churches
07 March 2017
On the eve of the first Sunday of Lent, the Christian churches of Jerusalem made their solemn entry to the Holy Sepulcher: this is the first step on the penitential journey toward Easter.
On Saturday, March 4, the doors of the Holy Sepulcher opened to welcome the different solemn entries that initiated the eve of the first Sunday of Lent. An ancient rite rooted in the centuries that has a special meaning this year: on the same day, Catholics and Orthodox remembered Christ's resurrection.
H.E. Mons. PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA, ofm
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
“This year, here in Jerusalem, as in the rest of the world, we will celebrate Easter together: the Orthodox Easter together with the Catholic Easter. From a practical standpoint, [...]