On Saturday 1st/14th January 2017, the memory of St. Basil Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia was celebrated, not only at the Church of the Resurrection but also at the Holy Monastery dedicated to him, which is located on the west side of the Patriarchate on the way to the New Gate of the wall of Jerusalem. (More…)
At midnight on 1st /14th January 2017, the memory of the Circumcision in flesh of or Lord Jesus Christ and the memory of St. Basil the Great Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia were celebrated by the Patriarchate.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, incarnate through the Virgin, gave us an example of obedience by deigning to receive the circumcision of his flesh on the eighth day after his birth, according to the Mosaic law (Luke 2:5) in order to intersect the Law, and having become intersected by the Law, introduce Grace to the world. St. Basil is a Church Father, who lived in the 4th century, he was an advocate of the 1st Ecumenical Synod of Nice and an outmost worker of philanthropy through his charity guest house “Vasiliada”. (More…)
On Friday evening 31st December 2016/13th January 2017, the New Year Cake ceremony took place at the Patriarchate’s hall. In the ceremony His H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos gave the following address:
“Behold now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation”
(2 Cor. 6:2).
Behold now is the right time, behold, now is the day of salvation, the Apostle of Nations St. Paul proclaims. (More…)
On 31st December 2016/ 13th January 2017, the memory of St. Melani the Roman was celebrated by the Patriarchate, at the homonymous chapel, which is located underground in the Holy Monastery of Megali Panagia, neighbouring on the south the Central Monastery of the Hagiotaphite Fathers.
According to the Synaxarion, St. Melani came from a wealthy family of Rome, she got married and bore two children. When both her children died, she and her husband devoted themselves in works of charity. The most important of those was the liberation of 8.000 captives and the sustenance of thousands of needy monks in Egypt where she itinerated. (More…)
On Wednesday morning, 29th December 2016/11th January 2017, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Nir Barkat with a team of approximately twenty of his associates visited the Patriarchate on the occasion of the Feast of Christmas and the New Year.
The Mayor and his entourage were received by H.H.B our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos with Hagiotaphite Fathers, among whom were the Patriarchal Vicar Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, Geronda Secretary-General Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina and Dragouman Archimandrite Mattheos. At his visit, the Mayor of Jerusalem expressed his wishes for the Feast of Christmas to His Beatitude and assured him that the Mayoralty is doing the best in its power for the peaceful and seamless co-existence for all Jerusalem citizens and the Christians of the Holy Land. (More…)