Reflects on Ministry Ahead of Installment as Patriarch

JERUSALEM, JUNE 9, 2008 ( Just a few days before his installation as the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal is inviting political leaders of the area to have "more courage and less fear."

Archbishop Twal, 67, is set to be installed as patriarch June 22. He will succeed Archbishop Michel Sabbah, 75, who has retired after more than 20 years of service in the position.

Archbishop Twal spoke with L'Osservatore Romano about his hopes and plans for this new ministry. "We believe in the power of prayer," he said, "We entrust these times to the Lord and we again place our hopes in the political leaders of this land, but also in the international leaders, and we ask them to have more courage and less fear, and above all that they place trust in each other."

"Reciprocal trust is needed to build solid relationships," the archbishop affirmed.

The Jordan-born prelate acknowledged that "there are groups and people who do not desire peace"; but he added, "We hope that good will prevails for the good, security and peace for all."

Archbishop Twal said that no region will be able to enjoy peace by itself, since "it is a gift for everyone." Along this line, he urged "building up and sustaining the moderates, because as they get more help, the extremists will have less strength."

For his part, Archbishop Sabbah celebrated his last Mass as patriarch for the Jerusalem Hebrew-speaking Catholic community on June 1.

In his farewell greeting to the patriarch, the vicar for the Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, recalled how Archbishop Sabbah was the first patriarch of Jerusalem to celebrate Mass in Hebrew.

The archbishop told the Hebrew-speaking Catholics: "What is our place in the Church of Jerusalem, among the 13 churches of which she is constituted? It is a place primarily of prayer. Our prayer is the prayer of Jesus for unity. […] We must pray for unity so that, even before the longed for unity is reached, by means of our love for one another, we might be what we are called to become. This is indeed our vocation: to be true witnesses to Jesus Christ."

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Teachings of Christ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Holy Angels

O Supreme Leaders of the heavenly armies, * we, who are unworthy, ever beseech you, * that through your prayers you may surround us * with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, * watching over us who fervently fall down and cry out: * “Deliver us from perils, * for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Supreme Leaders of the armies of God * and ministers of the Divine Glory, * princes of angels and guides of men, * ask for us what is expedient for us and for great mercy, * for you are the leaders of the Bodiless Hosts. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.

E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"