In category : Chronicle — @ 20:00

The opening of the Meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.) took place at the Royal Hotel in Amman of Jordan on Friday 4th/17th November 2017, and the proceedings were due to last until Thursday 10th/23rd November 2017.

The hosted by the Jerusalem Patriarchate Executive Committee is going to deal with issues of the World Council of Churches, as decided by the General Meeting of the W.C.C. in South Korea, based on the principle that the Churches-members of the W.C.C. remain in it, working on a “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”. The W.C.C. has many supporters on this mission, and especially on the occasion of the 500-year anniversary since Luther’s reform. (More…)



In category : Current News,Speeches — @ 14:00

 

His Beatitude Theophillos III
Patriarch of Jerusalem

17 November 2017

 

Mr Secretary General,

Respected Members of the Executive Committee,

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We welcome you to Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, and we bring you the blessings of the Holy City of Jerusalem. We are delighted to be able to host this meeting of your Executive Committee, and we wish to express our continued commitment to the work of the World Council of Churches.

You come to the Middle East at a difficult time for our region. The world community is united in the view that a vital, vibrant Christian community is an essential part of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-religious landscape of the Middle East. We are indigenous to this region, and indeed the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem is the oldest continuous religious institution here.

The roots of our Christian community are deep. They have been nourished by the blood of the prophets, saints and martyrs down the ages, and by the redeeming blood of our Lord Jesus Christ himself.

In our day, our Christian community is facing an unprecedented and serious threat. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life,Speeches — @ 15:00

On Thursday 3rd/16th November 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of the deposition of the body of the Holy Great and Glorious Martyr George the Trophy bearer.

On this day the Church does not celebrate the martyrdom of the Saint but the deposition of his sacred relics in Lydda, which was brought from Rome where the Saint suffered a martyr’s death during Diocletian’s reign, around 305 A.D. The Saint’s relic was transferred and deposited in Lydda because it is his hometown on his mother’s side. When St. Helen came in the Holy Land between the years 326-336 A.D., she built a magnificent Church above his tomb in his honour, which is preserved to this day and belongs to the All-holy Shrines of the Jerusalem Patriarchate.

Therefore, on 3rd November each year, there is the commemoration of the deposition of the Saint’s body and the consecration of the Church bearing his name in Lydda. (More…)



In category : Current News — @ 11:00

On Tuesday 1st/14th November 2017, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Greece Mr. Skourletis visited the Patriarchate after venerating the Holy Sepulchre, escorted by a team of his associates, the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr. Christos Sophianopoulos and the Consul Mrs. Katherine Tzima.

His Excellency the Minister and his escort were warmly received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers. (More…)



In category : Chronicle — @ 20:00

On Monday afternoon, 31st October/13th November 2017, the Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou and Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff visited the Patriarchate, escorted by his wife, the Defence Attaché in the Greek Embassy in Tel Aviv Colonel (Air Force) Vasileios Broumas, and some of his associates.

The Chief of the Hellenic Air force was warmly received by His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers, such as the Patriarchal Commissioner Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, the Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina and Dragouman Archimandrite Mattheos. (More…)



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