Discover our ideas for gifts, a suggestion for a gesture of solidarity in favor of the Holy Land. By purchasing these artistic products you will be aiding the mission of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land. Groups, parishes and companies can order in bulk for use as gifts or for charity sales to support the Holy Land.
As an initiative to support the Iraqi and Syrian Refugees in Jordan, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem launched a new workshop called “The Living Mosaic”.
The workshop will benefit the refugees in many aspects of life: first, it will create job opportunities for them since they will earn 10 JOD per day to cover their living expenses and will be able to sell their art pieces to other people and institutions.
Secondly, the workshop will help the refugees to spend their free time in learning new aptitudes and developing new skills in the art of mosaics.
The workshop will take place in Madaba since it is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and its historical connection to ancient art.
Light of Orient
Historically, the Arabs in the Levant devised a way to roast olives and produce a dark oil : Midad. This oil was traditionally used as lamp oil for the lighting of homes and public places, as well as in monasteries and churches. The oil was also believed to have health benefits and was used on new-borns in the belief that it contributes to the strengthening of their joints as they grew up. It was also believed to assist in alleviating the symptoms of cold and pneumonia.
Over the course of this year, this heritage was revived in Our Lady of Peace Monastery using olives picked from their olive orchards and roasted on-site to produce this traditional olive oil.
Included in this box is a lamp wick that is based on designs derived from the Nabatean era of the Levant along with a bottle of Midad Olive Oil.
The ‘’Peace lamp’’
Launched in Taybeh in 2004, this initiative all started from the following analysis: In the terrible conflict that harms the Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians have tried all possible means of action to put an end to it, using both violence and non-violence, but with little success. As our last resort, we address a prayer for Peace in the Holy Land to our Lord with a simple and symbolic idea: unite over 100 000 churches, through our lamps, in a common prayer for peace in the Holy Land. Thus, the lamp, together with the oil and the light, becomes a message of peace from our side and a signof solidarity towards the Holy Land from the churches all around the world:
-Whilst uniting all Christians and people of faith around the world in a prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this initiative is also a major information tool on the living conditions the Christian communities face in the Holy Land, due to the conflict.
- This initiative helps the Christian communities in the Holy Land to fight unemployment. These lamps are produced in Taybeh’s new ceramic workshop, and provide jobs to 20 young men and women who now earn a decent salary and can live with their families in dignity on the land they cherish.
- Finally, this initiative provides a needed marketing opportunity for the olive oil produced in the Holy Land.
The "Lamps for Peace in the Holy Land" initiative was officially launched on November 16th 2004, in a ceremony during which it received the blessing of the Cardinal of Florence, H.E Ennio Antonelli as well as the one of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, H.B. Michel Sabbah. Our hope can be summed up like this: With 100,000 churches united in a prayer for Peace in the Holy Land, the Lord will hear his congregation. He won’t have the choice!
These two models started the “Peace Lamp” initiative and are specially designed to decorate churches. This small lamp aims at deepening the “Peace Lamp” initiative. Its small size and moderate price, enable this new model to be a nice, innovative and imaginative alternative to candles when comes the time of prayer. Thus, we hope our prayer for peace in the Holy Land will also be a reality in families and homes.
Latin Patriarchate Printing Press
With the ‘’Latin Patriarchate Printing Press’’ founded in 1923 in Beit Jala, we can suggest our products. In this way company gifts can be transformed into concrete actions in support of solidarity of the Christian communities of Holy Land. We are able to personalize products with the logo of your company, association, travel agency, etc.
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