On Saturday, the 10th/23rd of May 2015, the 8th Orthodox Convention of the Local Councils of Greek Orthodox Arabic-Speaking Communities of the Patriarchate in Israel took place at the events hall of the Orthodox Arabic-speaking Community, in Nazareth.
Each Arabic-speaking Community within the area of Israel since 1948 is ruled by a Council elected by the Community and ratified by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Each Council has a Chairman and members and deals with issues of concern to its pertinent Community, including religious, educational and property issues, in collaboration with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The Councils represent Nazareth, Remle, Lydda, Joppa, Haifa, Accra, and twelve villages that fall under their wider area. (More…)
On Thursday, the 8th/21st of May 2015, the Patriarchate observed the despotic feast of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives, the site of the Lord’s Ascension into heaven.
The feast commemorates the fact that, forty days after His Resurrection, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, ascended into heaven in glory and, having within Him our human nature, sat to the right of the Father, deifying mankind. From there he sent forth the Holy Spirit to illuminate and strengthen the disciples, and establish the Church that carries on His salvaging work on earth. (More…)
On the afternoon of Saturday, the 9th/23rd of May2015, the graduation ceremony of the Patriarchal School in Ramallah took place at the events hall of the Culture Peace Center.
The ceremony was honoured by the presence of Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, the Patriarchal Commissioner, the Elder Secretary-General, the Chairman of the Board of Education for Patriarchal Schools in Israel, Archimandrite Ieronymus, the Hegoumen at the Monastery of the Transfiguration, Archimandrite Galaktion, priests from Ramallah and adjacent towns, the parents of the graduates, the Patriarchate’s liaison with Arab-speaking media, f. Issa Mousleh, Ms Nora Kourt, the school Principal, Mr Richard Zananiri, and teachers. (More…)
On Wednesday, the 7th/20th of May 2015, the Patriarchate observed the Apodosis [Leave-taking] of Easter, on the completion of forty days from the feast of the Resurrection, and the Appearance of a Cross in the sky during the days of Archbishop Cyril the Catechizer of Jerusalem, circa 351 AD.
The Divine Liturgy was performed at the katholikon of the Church of the Resurrection, led by Archbishop Methodios of Tabor. Co-officiating were Hieromonks and Hierodeacons. The head-cantor of the church of Sts Constantine and Helen, Archimandrite f. Eusebius, sang in the company of cantors from Greece. Local Jerusalemites and pilgrims attended the service. (More…)
On the afternoon of Tuesday, the 6th/19th of May 2015, the graduation ceremony of St Demetrius Patriarchal School took place at the Notre Dame Hotel near the New Gate.
His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, blessed the ceremony by His presence. He was accompanied by Archbishops Aristarchos of Constantina and Demetrios of Lydda, the Chairman of the Board of Education for Patriarchal Schools in Israel, Archimandrite Ieronymus; Protopresbyter f. Issa Mousleh, the Patriarchate’s liaison with Arab-speaking media; the Assistant Dragoman and Master of Ceremonies, Archimandrite Bartholomew. (More…)