Thursday, December 25, 2008

[Saint-george-taybeh] Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!
 
This is the 41st year that Christians in Bethlehem celebrate Christmas under Israeli occupation.
Let us remember to pray for peace for the whole world and especially
for Bethlehem, the birthplace of our Lord and Savior.  
 
The Greek Orthodox Christmas Liturgy will be celebrated
in thirteen more days according to the Old Julian Calendar.
 
As I am shopping, eating and entertaining my three college children in Boston,
it is so easy to forget the extreme humanitarian crisis in Gaza,
although I have tried to raise awareness of these crimes against humanity
and bring more support for our Taybeh projects in solidarity of
our Christian presence in the Holy Land by visiting fifteen churches
and six university classrooms in the last six weeks.  

Thank you for your prayers.

This Holy Christmas season, the Israeli army allowed only 300 Christians
to have permits to visit their families in the West Bank.  
 
Please give glory to God for all of your blessings
and seek your salvation.  
I hope you will have a most blessed and holy Christmas celebration.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
 
With sincere good wishes in Christ, maria

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