On Saturday, the 15th/28th of February 2015, the miracle of the kollyva performed by St Theodore of Tyre, the Great Martyr, was observed at the Monastery dedicated to his name, to the west of the Patriarchate.
The miracle was performed by St Theodore by divine power, in the middle of the 4th c. AD, when he appeared in a vision to Archbishop Eudoxius of Constantinople, to warn him that Julian the Apostate had infested food in the markets with the blood of animals sacrificed to the gods.
The saint instructed the Archbishop to tell Christians to eat kollyva, namely boiled wheat, in order to avoid the stain of idolatry. (More…)
On the morning of Saturday, the 15th/28th of February 2015, commemoration day for the miracle of the “kollyva” of St Theodore of Tyre, the Most Reverend Kyriakos, Metropolitan of Nazareth, ordained Mr Imad-Spyridon Souha as deacon during a divine liturgy on the Horrendous Golgotha, so that he may serve the Rum Orthodox Community of the Patriarchate in Turan, Northern Israel, near Tiberias. (More…)
(TIMINGS VARY ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS)
Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen:
MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY: Matins, the Hours and Vespers: 5:00 am. Great Compline: 2:30 pm.
FRIDAY: Matins, the Hours and Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: 5:00 am. Salutations: 2:30 pm. (More…)
On Friday, the 14th/27th of February 2015, at 5.15 pm, the Canon of the Akathist Hymn was sung in the Katholikon of the Church of the Resurrection, followed by a reading of the First Stasis of the Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos.
His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, led this magnificent and mystical service. He was accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archbishop Demetrios of Lydda, Archimandrite Keladion, the Master of Ceremonies, Archimandrite Porphyrios, the Assistant Dragoman, Archimandrite Bartholomew and other Hagiotaphite Fathers. Concelebrating with them was the Greek Consul-General to Jerusalem, Mr Georgios Zacharoudiakis and his associates. (More…)
At 4:00 am of Thursday the 13th/26th of February 2015, two unknown masked men deposited burning material in the building of the Patriarchal Hieratical School of St Sion through a bathroom window in the east wing which is adjacent to the Patriarchate’s cemetery.
The complex, which includes the Church of the Holy Trinity, houses the Hieratical School and the boarding house for high school and lyceum students trained to join the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood.
The fire was perceived by the Israeli Police and Fire Department which rushed to extinguish it, thus preventing human losses. Damages have been caused to the building, including profane graffiti sprayed on the walls.
Similar violations and attacks, though not arson, were committed over the past two years by extreme Israeli elements in the outer area of the School, namely the open-air Chapel and the playing field from where two hundred saplings, offered by Keren Kayemeth, Israel, were uprooted. (More…)