Magazine article Anglican Journal

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

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MY RECENT VISIT to the diocese of Jerusalem took place in the midst of the annual vigil of Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land. Organized by the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee, each church hosts an evening liturgy. I worshipped at St. James Armenian Orthodox Cathedral.

In welcoming everyone, the Archbishop spoke about peace in the tradition of the prophets and in the ministry of Jesus. He called us to remember the song of the angels at our Lord's birth, the centrality of peace in his teaching and his prayer for Jerusalem.

Reflecting on the current political situation in the Holy Land and in many places where there is conflict throughout the world, he reminded us, "There can be no peace without reconciliation and no reconciliation without a resolve and determination to be reconciled." He invited us to be steadfast in our prayers.

A choir of 40 seminarians opened the liturgy in song. Candles were lit through the congregation.

In the gospel reading, we heard the Lord's Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12). As each one was proclaimed, there was a pause long enough for us to repeat it in the quietness of our hearts. …

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