Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in Bethlehem

Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity

Hi Beatitude the Patriarch making his solemn entrance

The prelate in choro looks like the former Patriarch Sabbah

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has consistently worn some of the finest vestments in the Latin Rite, even when they were out of favour in Rome. The precious mitre for example has been a regular feature here.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, embraces Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal following the Christmas Mass in the Church of the Nativity[Andrew: It's actually St. Catherine's Church, adjacent to the Church of the Nativity], traditionally believed by many to be where Jesus Christ was born, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Yin Bogu,Pool)

The Patriarch takes the image of the Christ Child to the Grotto inside the Church of the Nativity

Cool crozier


Aaron Alammalay said...

Yep the bishop in coro is The Patriarch Emeritus... Michel Sabbah... I don't cee any flaws in the vestments used by the Patriarch... don't understand why not in favor with Rome...

Aaron Alammalay said...

Forgot a detail.... why Patriarch Emeritus did not con celebrate I don't know

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