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Participants in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel greet the children as they undertake a 'school run' in the H2 area of Hebron, by which they offer an international presence as Palestinian children go to school, 2 March 2020, Hebron, Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

Participants in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel greet the children as they undertake a 'school run' in the H2 area of Hebron, by which they offer an international presence as Palestinian children go to school, 2 March 2020, Hebron, Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

In an opening prayer, WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca prayed for all the people in the Holy Land to live in peace.

“May your peace reign throughout this land, removing the fear that has gripped the lives of so many,” Sauca prayed. “Especially we remember before you the children, who are afraid that their school will be demolished.”

Sauca prayed for the power of love to bring down the walls that separate people. “God of justice and peace, we come praying for just peace in the Holy Land,” he prayed. “We pray for the end of occupation and the increase of conflict resolution.”

During the past month, the WCC Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel published an “Easter Initiative” that included a series of video narratives, feature stories and prayers “following in the footsteps of Jesus” and spotlighting current realities under occupation.

While Christians around the globe prepared to celebrate Easter, military occupation continued to severely impact communities in the same places where Jesus himself walked in the Easter story. The Easter Initiative connects the Biblical narrative with current realities in Palestine and Israel.

 

WCC-EAPPI Easter initiative to follow the footsteps of Jesus, spotlighting current realities under occupation

Initiative de Pâques de l’EAPPI du COE pour suivre les pas de Jésus, mettant en lumière les réalités actuelles sous l’occupation

EAPPI-Initiative zu Ostern folgt den Spuren Jesu und beleuchtet gegenwärtigen Lebensrealitäten unter Besatzung

Iniciativa de Pascua del PEAPI del CMI: Tras los pasos de Jesús con las realidades actuales de la ocupación en el punto de mira

مبادرة عيد الفصح المشتركة بين مجلس الكنائس العالمي وبرنامج المرافقة المسكوني في فلسطين وإسرائيل للسير على خطى يسوع المسيح بإبراز الوقائع الراهنة تحت وطأة الاحتلال