JERUSALEM – On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Israel, was the main celebrant of Ash Wednesday Mass at the Latin Patriarchate Co-Cathedral. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning oof Lent. Bishop Kamal Bathish and several priests were concelebrated. Mass was attended by the Latin Patriarchate staff and employees of Catholic institutions, such as Caritas, Pontifical Mission, and Society St. Yves, etc.
In his homily, Bishop Marcuzzo made reference to the three Lenten practices: fasting, prayer, and charity or almsgiving. “The man reborn of the Holy Spirit can grasp the meaning of fasting, praying and almsgiving through listening to the Word of God according to the Holy Scriptures, the teachings of the Church. We think of the parable where the poor man was waiting at the doorstep, whose cry represents the Voice of God”.
Bishop Marcuzzo emphasized that we commit ourselves to reading the Word of God by choosing a chapter from the Holy Bible and read it throughout the year. Secondly, it is necessary for us to live a life of prayer, of self-denial and self-sacrifice to help others. Thirdly, he confirmed that the value of life is represented in the Eternal life, as in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
During Mass, ashes were sprinkled over the heads of the faithful, a reminder for all of us that “you are dust and to dust you shall return”.