Dima writes to us about Wednesday in Holy Week.

Saint John was a seventh century monk in the monastery in Sinai. He is known for his book on Christian life, the Ladder of Divine Ascent.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday - remembering Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem.

On March 25, the Catholic Church celebrates the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, the young woman from Nazareth. The angel said to Mary: "You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High" (Luke 1:31-32).

Parallel to Jewish midrash, Christian midrash also filled in the empty spaces in the Biblical text. Thus Christian tradition answered the question: Who was the Samaritan woman whom Jesus met at the well of Jacob near Sichem?

On March 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary and worldly father of Jesus Christ, a just man and an example for our lives.

On March 18, the Catholic Church remembers a Jerusalemite of the fourth century, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most beloved saints in the English speaking world. The Church celebrates his feast on March 17.

In order to prepare for Easter, the most important feast in the life of the Christian believer, the Christian is invited to repent and return to God in fasting, prayer and good deeds. The fast lasts 40 days.

In order to prepare for the most important celebration in the Christian calendar - Easter - Christians fast for forty days (Lent). The Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday.

In Catholic tradition, the Carnival marks the period in which we stop eating meat as a preparation for the beginning of Lent, the forty day fast that precedes Easter.

Our Sister Gabriele from the Benedictine nuns on the Mount of Olives has written article for us about Saint Scholastica, the sister of the founder of the Benedictine Order, Saint Benedict. Her feast is celebrated on February 10.

Mar Maroun, a fourth century monk. Was the founder of the Maronite Church whose center today is in Lebanon. He was renowned because of his exemplary life, his spirituality and the miracles he performed.

Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza)  in 1947. She was canonized in 2009 and is the patron saint of Sudan.

Lucia from the Jerusalem community writes the story of Saints Simeon and Anne, who received Jesus when his parents brought him to the Temple. Their feast is celebrated the day after the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

On February 2, the Catholic Church remembers the bringing of Jesus to the Temple by his parents when he was just 40 days old.

On January 20, the Church remembers the vision of Alphonse Ratisbonne, who saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1842 in a church in Rome and as a consequence received baptism and assisted his brother Theodore to found the Congregation of the Sisters of Sion.

Anthony the Great, as he is known in Christian tradition, was an Egyptian monk in the fourth century, who is known as the Father of Monasticism.

On Sunday after Epiphany, the Catholic Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

Bethlehem continues to be the center today as well when Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas. We wish them a happy feast.