The Washing of the Feet rite was held on Holy Thursday, the 15th/28th of April, in the court of the Holy Church of the Resurrection. The rite was preceded by the Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great, in commemoration of the Lord’s Last Supper, at St James Cathedral, by the Church of the Resurrection. The divine Liturgy was led by His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, having as concelebrants Archbishops Aristarchos of Constantina and Theodosios of Sebaste, Metropolitan Joachim of Zambia, and the presbyters of the church, fathers Issa Touma and Farah Bantour. Archimandrite Aristovoulos sang on the right, with members of St James Cathedral Choir singing on the left under Mr Remon Kamar, in the presence of the Greek Consul-General to Jerusalem. A crowd of faithful from the Orthodox Countries of Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Ukraine and Russia, attended the service. (More…)
On the evening of Holy Wednesday, the 27th of April 2016, the ceremony of the Holy Unction was performed at the Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen, led by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, having as concelebrants Hagiotaphite Primates and Hieromonks. Archimandrite Eusebius, (More…)
On the morning of Holy Wednesday, the 14th/27th of April 2016, the last Service of the Presanctified Gifts for the period of the Great Length and the Holy Week was held at the monastic church of Sts Constantine and Helen. (More…)
On the afternoon of Palm Sunday, the 11th/24th of April 2016, the Matins of Holy Monday, namely the Service of the Bridegroom [Nymphios] was performed at the katholikon of the Church of the Resurrection.
The service was led by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, accompanied by the Patriarchal Commissioner, Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Metropolitan Joachim of Zambia and other Hagiotaphite Fathers. (More…)
In the Holy City of Jerusalem, EASTER 2016
By the grace of God Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem
and all Palestine
of all the congregation of the Church, grace and mercy and peace
from the Holy Sepulchre
of the Resurrected Christ.
“Hail, O Holy Sion,
mother of Churches,
dwelling of God;
For you were the first to receive
the absolution of sins
through the Resurrection”
(Vesper’s sticheron of the Resurrection, tone d).
There was, in the early matutinal hours, darkness engulfing the tomb where the Crucified Jesus Christ the Nazarene, king of the Jews, had been buried. Abounding darkness too in the minds of Mary and the other women who had gone with her to the monument. Added to the sorrow of the Cross was the bewilderment before the view of the stone taken away, perplexity at the sight of the empty tomb, and despair because “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they had put him!” (Jn 20, 2). (More…)