JERUSALEM – The Arabic, English, and German congregations gathered together on Friday, October 31st, 2014 for the annual Reformation Day service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.
With Swedish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Arabic and Danish celebrants and participants of many faith traditions, the annual Oct. 31 Reformation Day celebration at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem’s Old City maintained its traditional ecumenical and multilingual flavor. Here, Bishop Younan reads the Gospel in Arabic from the midst of the congregation.
The Lutheran Church of the Reformation turns 125 and Abraham’s House turns five this year. So last month the church held an interfaith worship service and peace march to the separation wall to commemorate the milestones. The large crowd of marchers gathered near the walled-in Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, where prayers for the disintegration of the wall were offered by Muslim, Jewish and Christian spiritual leaders. One of the texts for the event was Psalm 18:30, “With my Lord I can jump over walls.”
Read an article about the Oct. 30 worship service and march, written by Rev. Jadalleh Shihadeh
The traditional Reformation service was celebrated as usual on October 31, a festival communion service in 6 different languages. Many local heads of churches attended the Reformation Service even though their tradition does not celebrate it. In addition, His Beatitude Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos II came to the reception following the service for the first time, a growing sign of the growing unity of the Palestinian Christian churches. Also, a delegation of African American heads of churches from the US participated. ELCJHL schools celebrated Reformation Day in gatherings that commemorated exhibited their understanding of the Reformation. Click here for more photos.