For a moment the sound of prayers and chanting coming from the church of Notre Dame Douleurs rose higher than the eight-meter tall Separation Wall around Abu Dis, a suburb of East Jerusalem. On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, twenty Palestinian Christians paid a Lenten visit to their brothers and sisters in the Notre Dame Douleurs home for the elderly as part of the joint Sabeel Community and Clergy Lenten Program. Assyrian Orthodox Father Bolus Khano’s brief reflection on the meaning and importance of prayer corresponded perfectly with the series of Lenten litanies led by Melkite Archimandrite Joseph Saghbeni and the Lenten hymns accompanied by Rev. Naim Ateek on the accordion. After the service the Sabeel participants and the residents of the home came together for a social gathering, building relationships across age and areas.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.