“The perseverance of small, powerless drops of water dripping on the same rock, in the same place, ends by breaking the rock. In the same way, the power of faith with perseverance can break walls of hatred, of rejection, and of violent injustice.”

                                                  From We Belong to the Land, p. 207

 


 

“Our Christian message remains constant year in, year out.  Life conquers death, and love defeats hatred. Hope tramples desolation, joy overcomes despair, and peace ends violence. So let us all proclaim together:’Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? … But thanks [be] to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ’” (1 Cor. 15:55-57).

The Lord is Risen! He is risen indeed.

                                                  Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches of Jerusalem, April 2001

 


 

“During this sacred season, we urgently exhort all of our Christian brothers and sisters to take heart through the suffering of Christ and to work together toward establishing His Kingdom where love, joy, and peace triumph.  This Kingdom also requires us to echo other words that Jesus said before His death: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’”

                                                  Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches of Jerusalem, April 2002

 


 

 

“Our blessed Lord challenges all of us that if we would be His disciples, we must take up our Cross and follow Him.  In the midst of sufferings we reach the power of the resurrection and the power of the spirit that enable us to take away the oppressions that are imposed upon us.”

                                                  Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches of Jerusalem, April 2007

 

 

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