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The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.” 3.
The second reading begins with these words: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God;?
Then, as Peter preaches to Cornelius and his household, God breaks the rules again. He stretched Cornelius and Peter while they were at prayer, and the same can happen with us (Acts 10:3, 10-16).
The Holy Spirit comes upon these Gentiles, and they begin speaking in tongues. He stretched everyone again while Peter was preaching, and he stretched the whole Church when Peter explained to the other apostles what had happened (11:1-18).
During Ottoman rule, major churches like this one were divided into sections for Catholics, Armenians and Greek Orthodox Christians; Muslim families were asked to keep the peace between the different sects.
Related: Banksy Opens 'Walled Off' Hotel on Barrier in Bethlehem I had heard the story about A’abla, but assumed it was a myth.
She goes by A’abla, and she’s a member of a Muslim family entrusted with the key to the church in Bethlehem, the West Bank city where Christians believe Jesus was born.
Then, go out and try to do whatever you think the Spirit has put on your heart.” 6.
Take some time now to pray and thank the Lord for his great love and friendship, and ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill you and stretch you so that you can share with others the love you have received from him.
The most enduring mystery of this place is the building—the oldest operating church in the world—and how it has survived 2,000 years of invasions, coups and natural disasters.
What’s saved it is the local population, both Christian and Muslim, who view the church as part of its living legacy and protect it accordingly.
Then, children receive their First Holy Communion around the age of seven. Once a person had a conversion to Jesus, they received all three sacraments of initiation at the same time.