Welcome Stone Welcoming

By Sr. Anne-Catherine

Natan is a professional goldsmith. One of his recent work with a team was remaking the tombs of the soldiers in the military cemetery of Jerusalem and now at Mount Herzl. His wife is a tourist guide who for many years has brought groups to visit NDS – Ein Kerem, involving and asking one of us to talk to them. We know their children since they were very young because she used to take them to our beautiful garden. In brief, they are friends of our house and love it.

Natan proposed us to prepare a stone of welcoming in different languages (the two of the country and the four of our Congregation) to put at the entrance of the garden. He brought his work last Monday and to receive it we had prepared a simple celebration with a special blessing and a glass of wine. He was not expecting such a reception, thinking that he will just deliver his work. He was very impressed and moved and we were too.

May peace be on our walls…and outside…and in all this land that we all love.  

The blessing in English:

Blessed are you Lord, King of Universe who creates the stone and guides the hand of the goldsmith.

May all people who enter this house of Notre Dame de Sion feel welcome with love, respect, joy and an open heart.

We thank you for all who contributed through generations to make this house a house for all people, since Alphonse and Theodore Ratisbonne and the first sisters, until today, a house of peace and serenity.

Bless especially the family of Natan, Judith, Adam, Daniel and Tal

Blessed are you, Lord, Creator of all.  

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ברוך אתה ה, אלוהינו, מלך העולם שבורא את האבן ומדריך את יד הצורף.

יהיה רצון מלפניך שכל אלה שנכסים בבית הזה יתקבלו בכבוד אהבה, שמחה ולב פתוח

אנחנו מודים לך על אלפונס וטאודור רטיסבון ,הנזירות הראשונות וכל הדורות שעשו את הבית בזה בית לכולם עדהיום הזה, בית של שלום ושלווה

תברך היום נתן ומשפחתו: יהודית, אדם, דניאל, טל

ברוך אתה הי בורא את הכל אמן