Time in Paris

Greetings from Paris! Here Phil, Margarita and Trudy are having a meeting and are well settled in the generalate apartment in Rue Notre Dame de Champs. We were fortunate to be able to use the new big meeting room for our meetings – the room of the former archives.  It is wonderful to see how ... Read more...

Centennial of the Armenian Genocide 1915

On April 24th we celebrated the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The night before we, as a community, went to some of their services.  The evening service began with the ringing of the bells of St. James’ Cathedral.  The bells rang 100 times while all remained in silent prayer. The seminarians then sang the Sanctus ... Read more...

Four Quarters of Musical Difference

During the second week of March many people came from near and far to experience the wonderful Music Festival in Jerusalem. With hands clapping, feet tapping and bodies swaying, each one delighted in the “Sounds of the Old City Music Festival”. Talented musicians representing the four quarters of the Old City, performed in the narrow ... Read more...

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

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In the liturgical season which follows Christmas until February 2nd, several events remind us the Jewish identity of Jesus:  his circumcision on the eighth day and, around one month later, his redeeming as a first born as well as the purification of Mary like all Jewish women  after giving birth. At the circumcision Jesus receives ... Read more...

The feast of Hannukah 5776

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Hanukka means inauguration, dedication: this festival takes place on the 25th of the month Kislev, ninth month of the Jewish year. It celebrates the dedication of the Second Temple after it had been profaned by the Greek empire in 164 bc (cf I Mac 4, 36-62; II Mac 10) , A midrash (Midrash Psikta Rabbati ... Read more...