New lights at Holy Cross

New lights in our church

Confermation_17The Franciscan presence in Cyprus has a very long tradition, for it was nearly 800 years ago when St Francis and his brothers came to this place in 1219 during their journey to Egypt and Jerusalem.

On the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (also called Candlemas), which presents Jesus Christ as “the true light of men” (cf. Jn 1:9), we ask our parishioners and friends for help in raising funds for new lights in our Holy Cross church in Nicosia.

The Holy Cross Church is an outstanding example of a simple yet beautiful shrine. Last December 2015 the Municipality of Nicosia, sponsored by a European Union project, installed an external lighting system for our church. The exterior site of the church has thus been improved and gives a warm impression at night.

Nevertheless, our church lacks proper interior lighting. The project to change the present lighting system is a good investment in three ways. Firstly, it will provide a strong and good illumination. Secondly, it will be aesthetically built into the present architecture of the church. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, it will be energy efficient.

The realisation of this project requires a substantial amount of money and without your kindness and help it will not be possible to carry it out. Therefore, following the example of the Franciscan mendicants, we request your financial help. We count on your generosity!

We thank every benefactor who will support the project with a “widow’s mite”. Your donation will reflect this evangelical charity and Christian solidarity. At the same time, it is a gesture of trust in the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land, who from the 13th century have been taking pastoral care of the Latin Catholic community in Cyprus, as well as being engaged in service to the whole Cypriot society. We give thanks to God and to those with generous hearts. Holy Masses will be celebrated in this church and in the shrines of the Holy Land for all benefactors.

There will be a special, second collection outside the church after all Masses on Sunday 14 February 2016.

May the Lord bless us all.

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