In category : Speeches — @ 18:00

Jerusalem, 22 April 2014

Your Beatitude, Patriarch Nourhan,

Your Eminences,

Your Graces,

Dear Members of our Respective Brotherhoods,

Reverend Fathers,

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

With these words of joy, we welcome you to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem as we celebrate the Feast of Feasts. For “this is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps 117:24).

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In category : Speeches — @ 12:00

Jerusalem, 22 April 2014

Your Beatitudes, Your Eminences, Your Graces,

Dear Members of our Respective Brotherhoods,

Reverend Fathers,

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Shine, shine, new Jerusalem! For the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you. Rejoice and be glad, Ο Sion! And you, All-pure Mother of God, delight in the resurrection of the One to whom you gave birth!

 (from The Resurrection Service, the 9Th Ode)

With these words of joy from the Resurrection Service, we welcome you to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem as we celebrate the Feast of Feasts. For “this is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps 117:24).

In this year, when Christians of the East and the West celebrate Holy Week and Easter at the same time, we who are the chief shepherds and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Holy Land are given an important opportunity to be witnesses together of the Light that shines in our darkened world from the Most Holy and Life-Giving Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this Light dawned here first of all, and so made the earthly Jerusalem fully the image of the heavenly Jerusalem. Here the first day of the new Creation dawned upon the world. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 19:00

In the afternoon of Holy Friday, the 5th/18th of April 2014, Vespers for the Removal of Christ from the Cross was officiated at the katholikon of the Church of the Resurrection, led by His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 12:00

On the morning of Great Friday, namely the 5th/18th of April 2014, the service of the Royal (Great) Hours was observed on the Holy Golgotha. The service was read out after the opening of the Gate of the Church by the Orthodox in accordance with the standard order, and after the arrival of the procession which had begun from the Praetorium through Via Dolorosa, led by the Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 22:00

On the evening of Thursday the 4th/17th of April 2014, the Service of the Passion, known as the Twelve Gospels Service, was conducted at the monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen, led by His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, (More…)



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