Bethlehem draws people to pray before icon of Our Lady Who Breaks Down WallsPosted on 7th November 2019

Bethlehem draws people to pray before icon of Our Lady Who Breaks Down Walls

BETHLEHEM (Source:Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) On Friday 25 October several local religious and faithful gathered in front of the Separation Wall in Bethlehem to pray the Rosary before the icon of Our Lady who brings down walls. The initiative was promoted by the Union of Religious Superiors of Women in the Holy Land.

25 October is the feast of the Our Lady, Queen of Palestine. Groups of Religious and laypeople gathered in prayer in front of the image of “Our Lady who brings down walls”, symbolically depicted on the reinforced concrete wall that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem.

The origins of this initiative go back to the first years of the second Intifada. With the construction of the wall and the intensification of hostilities, this event was interrupted before it could resume this year.

The icon of Our Lady who brings down walls was made in 2010 by Ian Knowles, former principal of the Bethlehem Icon Centre, in response to the desire of local and International faithful to pray before an icon that would bring peace and hope for the demolition of the wall.

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