Month: September 2014

Rosh haShana

We the novices celebrated Rosh haShana together with the apostolic sisters, brothers and associates of Sion. Sr. Ann Kathrin explained to us all the symbols for the feast of Rosh haShana. Apple and honey on the table remember that life is sweet and free of suffering. On Rosh haShana the Jews celebrate that God is the creator of the universe and their father. Written by Rozeni

Egypt presents

Egypt is a country in northeastern Africa, on the Mediterranean Sea; pop. 90,866,600 capital, Cairo; official language, Arabic. April 25th 1880 the first two sisters arrived in Alexandria from Jerusalem. The civilisation of the Pharaohs plays also a influential role in today’s daily life of the Egyptian and the most famous refugees in Egypt were the Holy Family. The Nil is the source of life at Pharaohs time and today and the desert monastic communities become the model for Christian monasticism.

Making a Necklace

This week we were studying and learning how to make a Necklace with Sister Anne Katrine. Making a “necklace” reveal us the divine of the whole Scripture (Torah, Prophets and Holy Writings). We have been studying the Jewish feasts, especially the three feast of pilgrimage. In the beginning this feast was an agricultural and historical celebration, when God took out the people of Israel from Egypt; after 50 days God gave them the Torah. Doing the necklace have helped us to go deeply through the words of the Torah, passing from the Torah to the Prophets and from the prophets to the Writings. For us it was like we were playing with the Bible to be aware how much we know the Old and the New Testament. To know what is the thread of the necklace is to learn how to pierce correctly the pearls (text from the Bible), it is not easy to know to assemble each pearls but we are getting on. When we were making a necklace for Rosha ha Shana, we …

A week of ecumenically integrating

A week of ecumenically integrating with the culture and religious tradition of others Last Sunday we had Filipino visitors who are member of the high Anglican Church. They are women priestesses who are staying in Bethlehem for ecumenical assistance for Israeli and Palestinians EAPPI. On Monday we start our week with wonderful Mass especially for Mary’s feast in two languages (Hebrew and French) then the homily by Sr. Anne in English, was very good. Then in the afternoon we had class with Sr. Anne she taught us how to make Necklace using the verses from the Torah, Neveim and Ketuvim. On Tuesday we had good session with Sr. Maureen in the morning about the Characteristics of Psycho- sexual Integration. Then on Wednesday we continue our session about the different feast of the Jewish people. We had learned their names and how they are celebrated. We had visitors on Thursday from Elijah Interfaith Group. Our visitors are Jewish but working on interfaith dialogue. They are working with different Religious Leader. They shared to us how can …

Interreligious Seminar on Prayer

The Power of Prayer in Jerusalem What is Prayer? In Jewish tradition: Prayer is an invitation to God to intervenes in our lives daily in a very personal way (Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel). For Jews prayer is collective and is bound up with praising God, benedictions, petitions or supplications and gratitude to what God has done and will continue to do in history. In Jewish tradition prayer is also form of study, when one study the Torah with a partner then it open up an opportunity to hear and listen to God. Prayer is dialogue, an encounter with Self, with Divine and with Others. In Christian Tradition: Prayer is lifting one’s being towards transcendent being, the mysterious Other (John of Damascus). It is a mutual conversation between God and human being. Prayer is like stripping oneself then plunging to the swimming pool and allowing the ultimate source to carry you from the bottom of the pool to the surface. Prayer is simply floating, loosing oneself and discovering oneself with God. In Islam tradition: For Muslims …