In today’s Good Friday Liturgy in the Tridentine (Latin) rite, the Catholic church and all the faithful pray for the conversion of the Jews. The prayer specifically asks « that God might illuminate the hearts of the Jews so that they might recognize Jesus Christ as the Saviour of all people. »

It is reported that Pope Benedict himself helped rewrite this prayer and insisted it be retained in the Good Friday Liturgy despite the objections of many Jews.

A prominent German Rabbi has withdrawn from an ecumenical service in Germany because he sees « no sense in conducting a joint Catholic-Jewish ceremony or reading texts of the New Testament together with Catholics. All that requires a basic trust which I’ m afraid I no longer have. »

Many Catholic thinkers felt the Jews were bound by a special covenant to God. Now it would seem Jews also owe their allegiance to Jesus Christ.

Does that make sense to you?

Should we be praying for the conversion of the Jews?



  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    No, we should NOT be praying for the conversion of the Jews.

    We should instead be praying that we ourselves will one day have the ability to look upon each Jew we set our eyes upon as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, who is also one of the Chosen People.

    When each Christian can look upon the Jews he comes into contact as Jesus Incarnate, he will truly become enlightened and will have fulfilled Jesus’ plan for him here on Earth.

    And what is that plan? That each Christian become the incarnation of Jesus on Earth.

  2. 2
    Chimera Says:

    « Does that make sense to you? »


    « Should we be praying for the conversion of the Jews? »


    Leave them — and everyone else — alone, dammit!

  3. 3
    Cate McB Says:

    The conversion of the Jews to Christianity — that’s nasty!! I certainly prefer the non-Tridentine version that I heard at the Good Friday liturgy I attended:

    « Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant. »

    If you’re celebrating Easter this weekend — have a wonderful celebration!
    And if you’re not celebrating Easter, have fun with whatever you’re doing!

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    The following 5 minute youtube video of Ann Coulter speaking the « perfected Jew » may shed light on how many of our Jewish brothers and sisters feel about « the conversion of the Jews »:

  5. 5
    jim Says:

    Will someone please tell Ann Coulter to « get off the cross, we need the wood »

  6. 6
    Peter LeBlanc Says:

    The great gift Judaism has to offer all people is that in the Creation Story, Genesis, We are made in Gods image and likeness and after we were created God said « We were Very Good » Despite our sins and our good deeds God does not take the Very Goodness away from us.

    The Catholic Church needs to proclaim and celebrate the above. And add that Jesus came to « Save the whole world » and that Jews have a unique place in this salvation history.

  7. 7
    Joanne Says:

    No. The Pope seems to have enough to do looking after Catholics and making up new rules for them. Leave other faiths alone. You would think popes would have learned this by now.

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    Alex Thomas Says:

    To paraphrase G.K. Chesterton: The problem with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found difficult, it is that Christianity has been believed difficult and not tried.
    Part of Jesus’ message was the most important part of the Serenity prayer: The wisdom to know the difference. Christians don’t much respect themselves, let alone each other, and, Jesus wept, devout followers of other religions. Maybe today’s « Christians » just don’t trust God. As in the oft-paraphrased: I’m just doin’ what the Good Lord would do, if He had all the facts.
    Faith consists of trusting that God knows what God is doing, not acting as Her surrogate. Fear is the anticipation of pain. If you trust God, you have nothing to fear. If you fear God, you don’t trust God. If you don’t trust God, you have little or no faith, even unto a mustard seed. If you don’t trust God, you’ll do silly, venal or even evil things in God’s sight, and you’ll deserve to be fearful.
    God did not create religions. We did. It’s about time we grew up and accepted responsibility for the consequences thereof.
    My name is Alex Thomas. Shalom, salaam, and peace. Out.

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