Blessing Message from the Patriarch of Jerusalem
Jesus Christ appeared to the Disciples in Jerusalem... “then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). Jesus said to the disciples: “…Go into the whole world and proclaim the GOSPEL to every creature (Mark 16:15).
St. Jerome who lived in Bethlehem for many years wrote, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” It is often fittingly observed that the Bible is the best guidebook for the Holy Land, and the Holy Land, considered as the ‘Fifth Gospel’, is the best commentary on the Bible. This Holy Bible Land Album is very special in its presentation of the Bible events. It presents the Holy Land through relevant visuals and biblical verses. The visuals from the various important sanctuaries in the Holy Land, arranged according to the order of Gospel narration, will surely help the pilgrim to meditate on the life of Jesus. Even those who watch this album and do not have the opportunity to visit the Holy Land will benefit because the Gospel is presented along with visuals from the Holy Land.
On the twentieth year of his spiritual writing ministry, the writer has come up with this great spiritual treasure for the people of God. It is with great pleasure to convey my sincere congratulations and blessings to Joseph Thoolika JMJ, a devoted missionary of the Holy Family and his publishing ministry TrinitariumThoolika Nilayam. May this visual album of the Holy Land help every pilgrim and reader to have a living experience of Jesus of the Gospels, “the Word became flesh...” (John 1:14).
His Beatitude Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, 18 / 10 / 2018