Mr. Ziad Shleweit
1. Christian and
Muslim Christmas Meditations: Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Sheikh Maher ‘Assaf
Carols by Mr. Lawrence Sammour
Carols by Ms. Lina Sleibi
Carols by Dr. Charlie Abu Sa’da
Carols by Mrs. Luna Amin
More than two hundred and fifty persons of Palestinian Christians and Muslims
celebrated this Christmas evening expressing in the process their national unity
and shared living and the respect of each other.
The moderator of this evening was Mr. Ziad Shleweit who introduced this annual
Christmas gathering with an impressive speech pointing out that strikes and
oppression were as well at the time of the Birth of Jesus hoping that the
inhabitants our land, the land of the Prince of peace Jesus Christ, will live in
peace and dignity .
He was followed with Christmas meditations by Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Sheikh
Maher ‘Assaf, both of whom reiterated the importance of preserving our national
unity and shared living. Each of the speakers underlined the symbolism of our
celebrations of Christ’s Birth. Rev. Dr. Mitri emphasized the role of the Holy
Family in protecting and educating Jesus. Today we need families who can
preserve, protect, educate and love their children. Sheikh Maher ‘Assaf pointed
out that in Judgment Day we all will stand in front of God. He will not ask us
about our religious affiliation. He will judge our acts. Therefore, we need to
know, to love and respect our believes differences.
Both were followed with Christmas Carols and chanting by Mr. Lawrence Sammour,
who was accompanied by Dr. Peter Qumri. Mr. Sammour was followed by a
Bethlehemite chanter Lina Sleibi who was accompanied by org player ‘Issa
Jaraiseh. She was followed by Christmas Chants and Carols by Dr. Charlie Abu
Sa’da. Luna Amin followed with more Christmas Carols. She was accompanied with
org player Lama’an Zreineh. Children also played a key role in the evening. The
attendees listened with joy to baby Geries Bishara Khoury who sang “Baba Noel”
and “Lailat ‘Eid”.
A Christmas dinner was followed to which all were invited.