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Advent Holy Land Appeal opens

Anglican Missions is supporting the Archbishop in Jerusalem's Appeal for needy families in the Holy Land this Christmas.

Anglican Communion News Service  |  11 Dec 2023  |

Archbishop Hosam Naoum the Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, has launched a Christmas and Advent appeal for children and families in the Holy Land who are in urgent need right now.

In his Advent Pastoral letter, Archbishop Hosam said: “As our beloved brothers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I invite you to join the 2023 Advent and Christmas Project as a means of living into the true meaning of Christmas by giving to those in need in the Holy Land. This Christmas Season we aim to bring smiles to the faces of as many children as possible, as well as support to struggling families. And so we would welcome and greatly appreciate your love, support, and generous contributions towards this fund for needy families at Christmas.”

Archbishop Hosam explained that “due to the current situation in our beloved Holy Land and the heartbreaking scenes that have shattered our hearts, we have decided this year to limit our celebrations to prayers, liturgies and carols within our churches.”

He continued: “In a spirit of solidarity within the Body of Christ, I invite you to join us in this discipline by reflecting on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ more than two thousand years ago, as well as on the conditions prevailing in the land at that time.” He went on to say that “they were no better than the circumstances here today.”

Archbishop Hosam also shared an advent booklet of daily prayers and reflections written by clergy from across the Diocese of Jerusalem. He said: “Together as a Diocese—including our clergy, congregations, and institutions—and in unity with our sister churches and partners around the world, we pray and journey together in hope, peace, joy, and love. We focus our attention on encountering the person of Jesus Christ. I therefore invite you to join us in meditating during this holy season on the virtues of the Gospel: "Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love." These four virtues are an integral part of Christian teaching. We highlight them in the booklet to assist and guide us all in the anticipation of the Lord's coming.” 

Bishop Anthony Poggo, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, said: “Join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land who will be celebrating Christmas in very different and difficult circumstances this year. Please give what you can to the Christmas appeal. The Advent Prayers produced by the Diocese of Jerusalem's clergy are an excellent resource to guide our thoughts, hearts and prayers.  Use them daily as you meditate on the four virtues of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love this Christmas season."

Download Advent Prayer booklet here 

The Anglican Missions' Holy Land Appeal is linked to Archbishop Hosam's call for help in Advent and at Christmas this year.