Jerusalem, 18 September 2014
Respected Members of the International Commission,
Sisters and Brothers,
We welcome you, dear friends, to the Holy City of Jerusalem for this meeting of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue. It was just over 40 years ago that the first meeting of what was then the newly established Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions met in Oxford, and the intervening years have seen much progress and the publication of three important reports. This fourth phase of the Dialogue on which you have been working continues this significant work.
Your focus is on Christian anthropology, and this is proving to be a timely subject. Recently your Orthodox co-chairman, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos, published a small but important book, in which he has stated that he believes that the focus of Orthodox theological enquiry will shift from ecclesiology, which occupied so much Orthodox thought in the 20th century, to anthropology. This is certainly a welcome development, and we are encouraged that this Dialogue is taking this subject seriously. (More…)
On Wednesday, the 4th/17th of September 2014, the theological dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church officially opened at the “Conference Center” of the Jordan Government, near the Lord’s Baptismal Site in the East Bank of the river Jordan.
The theological dialogue, first initiated in 1980, carries on as bilateral Committees of the two participating Churches meet every two years at a location proposed by the Church assigned to host the 70 members. (More…)
15 September 2014,
The Baptism Site Bethany-Beyond-the Jordan / Jordan
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We greet you, dear distinguished participants, with words that we shall sing in a few days as the Orthodox Church in the Holy Land celebrates the Nativity of the Mother of God,
Your birth, Ο Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, he gave us his blessings. Abolishing death, he granted us eternal life. (Apolytikion, 4th Tone)
We meet, therefore, in the light of the Incarnation, which was promised to us in the birth of the Theotokos. This is the light that shines from the cave in Bethlehem. This is the eternal, uncreated light that shines from Mount Tabor and from the Holy Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is “the light of all people,” “the light that shines in the darkness”, “the true light, which enlightens everyone”, (John, 1:4,5 and 9). May this same light illumine your work in this dialogue! (More…)
On Saturday, the 31st of August/13th of September 2014, Novice Antonios was tonsured as monk at the Patriarchate.
Novice Antonios was ordained as monk by His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, receiving by Him the name Anastasios, in the presence of Hagiotaphite Fathers and novices at the School. (More…)
On Friday, the 30th of August/12th of September 2014, three new students of the Patriarchal School of Sion visited H.B. the Patriarch of Jerusalem accompanied by the School’s spiritual guide, Archimandrite Constantinos, Abbot at the Monastery of Hozeva, and the Principal, Monk Nikolaos Zervis. (More…)