Sun shines on the Chair of Saint Peter   2013/03/01
By: JJ

The celebration of the feast of the Chair of St. Peter in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, is always an event full of meaning. Especially significant this year is the historic moment that our Church is living, which made it an unprecedented event. This year, Sunday 24th of February, was further blessed and made meaningful by the presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, who in his generosity, accepted the invitation of the parish priest Fr. Giuseppe De Nardi to preside the Holy Mass. Together with his Beatitude, the celebration was further honored by the presence of Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo and four other bishops from India, South Africa and Slovakia. For the occasion of the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Founder, Father General and leaders of all the communities of Koinonia John the Baptist: bishops, priests and laity, who have embraced the Lord’s work in the charism of this community, gathered together in a time of retreat and sharing in Tiberias (where the community serves for almost three years).
Many Christians came even from Nazareth, who once lived in Tiberias. In addition to them, parishioners from Galilee: of Lebanese origin, mixed families of Jews and Christians, the Filipinos and the Sri Lanka communities.
A wonderful day topped by a shining sun, which given the size of the Crusader church and the presence of numerous faithful, allowed many to follow the celebration even from the courtyard. At the end of the Mass, the community gathered around the statue of St. Peter, the same copy present in the basilica in Rome, to pray and intercede together with the Patriarch for our Pontiff and his impending successor.
The celebration concluded with a rich open buffet at the entrance to the sanctuary, between the happy voices of the participants and the passing of the masks of the Jewish holiday of Purim strolling up and down the Promenade and to the gentle whisper of the waves of water of the lake of Tiberias.
(Texte and photos from our correspondant of Tibériade GDN.)


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