On Sunday, the 15th/28th of June 2015, H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, led the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Greek Orthodox Arabic-speaking Community of the town of Zbabde.
The town lies at half an hour’s drive from Jacob’s Well to Nablus, northward.
Warmly welcomed by Boy Scouts and inhabitants of the town, the Patriarch led the Matins and Divine Liturgy. Co-officiating were Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the Hegoumen at Jacob’s Well, Archimandrite Ioustinos, and the head of the parish, f. Issa Touma. Hagiotaphite deacons sang in Arabic, in the Byzantine style, in the presence of a crowd of pious men and women. (More…)
On Saturday, the 14th/27th of June 2015, the Patriarchate observed the memory of the prophet Elisha in Jericho, at the Monastery dedicated to his name, on the site of the sycamore fig-tree where Zacchaeus had climbed to see Christ (Luke 19, 1-10).
The Monastery is dedicated to Elisha because Jericho was the prophet’s main area of activity. (More…)
On Thursday, the 12th/25th of June 2015, the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of Hosios Onouphrios the Egyptian at the Monastery dedicated to him, opposite the Pool of Siloam on the foothills of Abu Tor.
St Onouphrios had lived a rigidly ascetic life for more than sixty years, during the 4th c. AD, deep into the Egyptian desert. His clothes having been worn out, his body was covered by his long beard, as shown on his icon, until St Paphnoutios had discovered him. When Onouphrios died a few days later, Paphnoutios buried him after tearing his frock in two to cover his nakedness. (More…)
During the period between the 5th/18th of June and the 11th/24th of June 2015, Patriarch Theophilos welcomed the following visitors at the Patriarchate:
- On the 5th/18th of June, the American Consul to Jerusalem, Mr Michael Ratney, who offered His Beatitude a photograph of the Holy Sepulchre during the Holy Light ceremony.
- On the 7th/20th of June, f. Nikolaos Bassal, priest in Abu Snan and member of the town’s Community Council, on whom the Patriarch bestowed the rank of Steward.
- On the 11th/24th of June, the Most Reverend Narcissus, Metropolitan of Nubia, accompanied by Archimandrite f. Narcissus, Hegoumen in Beit-Jalla.
- Similarly, on the 11th/24th of June, the Most Reverend Peter, Metropolitan of Bessarabia and his attendants.
On the afternoon of Saturday, the 7th/20th of June 2015, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, visited the town of Kufr Yaseef in Northern Israel. The Arabic-speaking community there recently founded a school for 300 elementary and high school students, by the subvention of the Patriarchate. The Patriarch was accompanied by Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth, the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the President of the Patriarchate’s Arabic Schools in Israel, Archimandrite Ieronymos, the Arabic-speaking media liaison, Protopresbyter Issa Mousleh, and Archimandrite Paisios, visiting from Mount Sinai. (More…)