On Wednesday morning, 9th/22nd March 2017, the ceremony marking the completion of the restoration and rehabilitation of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre took place in front of the Sacred Edicule. This project began one year ago, by the initiative of Jerusalem Patriarchate and the agreement among the Christian Communities, the Franciscans and the Armenians; the research study and the work were undertaken by the Interdisciplinary Team of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.) under the coordination of Professor Mrs. Antonia Moropoulou.
Present at this ceremony was His Excellency the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Alexis Tsipras, who had visited His Beatitude at the Patriarchate earlier that morning, Ministers of Greece, Mrs. Mika Ertegün, Commissioner of the World Monuments Fund, major and minor donators for the completion of this project, His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who had also visited His Beatitude at the Patriarchate earlier, Representatives from Mount Athos, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, Representatives from the State of Israel, such as Mr. Yacoub Salame and Cesar Marjieh, the Israeli Jerusalem Police Chief Mr. Yoram Levi, Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Mr. Tsahi Hanekby; present were also, as invited, the majority of the Hagiotaphite Fathers, led by their Hegoumen, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos. (More…)
22 March 2017
Your All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,
Your Paternity, Father Francesco,
Your Beatitude, Patriarch Nourhan,
Your Excellency, Archbishop Pierbattista,
Your Excellency, Archbishop Lazzarotto, the Pappal Nuncio,
Beloved Fellow Heads of the Churches of the Holy Land,
Respected Members of the Civic, Governmental, and Diplomatic Services,
Esteemed Professor Moropoulou and the Members of the Scientific Team,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we gather here at the holiest of the Holy Places on this providential occasion, we recall the words of the Psalmist:
How great are your works, O Lord!
Let us hear again the account from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:
Joseph took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.
We stand today in this same place. And we give thanks to the Triune God for having given us this opportunity to bring to completion the renovation and conservation of the Sacred Edicule of the Most Holy and Life-Giving Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the first time in over two centuries the Sacred Edicule has been restored for its veneration by the faithful. (More…)
On Tuesday evening 8th/21st March 2017, the President of the Democratic Party Mrs. Fofi Gennimata visited the Patriarchate as part of her trip to Jerusalem in order to participate at the ceremony of the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre, on Wednesday 9th/22nd March 2017, escorted by her husband and associates, and the Professor of the N.T.U.A. Mrs. Antonia Moropoulou.
Mrs. Gennimata and her escorts were received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, together with Hagiotaphite Fathers, the Patriarchal Commissioner Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Benedict of Philadelphia, Geronda Secretary-General Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the Master of Ceremonies Archimandrite Bartholomew, and Fr. Nikitas. (More…)
On the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, 6th/19th March 2017, the feast of the Adoration of the Precious and Life-giving Cross was celebrated by the Patriarchate, as established by the Church, so that by the Sacred Cross of Christ, through which we have been saved and deified, the faithful are strengthened in their struggle of fasting, in order to reach the Holy Easter, meaning the participation in the Cross and Resurrection of the Lord.
The celebration was observed according to the rules of the Typikon of the Church.
- In the Evening
The Service began with the reading of the 9th Hour at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos at 1:45pm on Saturday. At 2:00pm, bells tolling, the descend to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection followed. Upon arrival, the veneration of the Deposition Shrine and the Holy Sepulchre took place, by His Beatitude, the Archbishops and Hieromonks. (More…)
On Saturday morning, 5th/18th March 2017, the Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary, His Excellency Mr. Zoltán Balog visited the Patriarchate, escorted by his wife, the Ambassadors of Hungary in Israel and the Palestinian State respectively, and by a small team of his associates.
The Minister and his escort were warmly received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, together with Hagiotaphite Fathers, the Patriarchal Commissioner Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis, Dragouman Fr. Mattheos and others. (More…)