Lent is for Learning about our Holy Land
Jesus spent 40 days alone in the Judean desert to prepare himself for what was to come in Jerusalem. How can we prepare ourselves for Holy Week?
- Some fast, or give up other things to practice discipline.
- Others give small gifts to the poor, using mite boxes.
- Many walk the Stations of the Cross in church, following in Jesus’ last footsteps.
- Still others try to learn about those who lived with Jesus and became his followers, his Apostles.
- Bulletin inserts in several formats
- Mite boxes
- Learn about children in our Holy Land and share with your Church School
The land where Jesus and the Apostles walked and taught over 2000 years ago is home to his followers today. That continuity is an important part of our Christian faith heritage. Today’s Christians are mostly Palestinian, living in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
Lent is about finding God in the face of others, opening our hearts to accept and give love -- even when it’s difficult. Christians living in the Holy Land today are a small minority in a volatile place. Christians provide a bridge, an antidote to extremism. Our schools and hospital welcome all regardless of religious, ethnic or economic background, helping to build peace from the ground up. They teach tolerance and respect for differences and stabilize communities by providing employment and a future through job training and hope.
The Holy Land is central to our faith tradition. As we prepare for Holy Week, remember where it all began. Make this Lent a faith journey unlike any other.
Order mite boxes for your Church School or parish group.
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