On Thursday 10th/23rd February 2017, the feast of the Hieromartyr St. Charalambos was celebrated by the Patriarchate at his Holy Monastery, located on the north side of the Church of the Resurrection, by the end of Via Dolorosa.
According to the Synaxarion of the Church, St. Charalambos was a Priest to the Christians in Magnesia, capital of Thessaly, and became a martyr through torture and beheading at the time of the Emperor Septimius Severus in 198 A.D.
For this feast, there was Vespers in the evening and the Divine Liturgy in the morning at the homonymous Holy Monastery of the Old City of Jerusalem, officiated by the Most Reverend Archbishop Theophanis of Gerassa, and co-officiating, Archimandrite Charalambos, Presbyter Fr. Farah and Archdeacon Mark; singing was the choir leader of the H. Church of Saints Constantine and Helen Archimandrite Eusevios, at the presence of a big congregation of the Greek Orthodox nuns of Jerusalem, and pilgrims from Greece, Russia and Romania. (More…)
On Wednesday, 9th/22nd February 2017, at the reception hall of the Patriarchate, there was a meeting of the Steering Committee and the Project’s Owner Committee, those in charge of the restoration project of the Holy Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre, i.e. His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, the Custodian of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Paton and the representative of the Armenian Patriarchate Fr. Samuel, Abbot of the Armenians in the Church of the Resurrection, at the presence of the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr. Christos Sophianopoulos. (More…)
On Tuesday evening, 8th/21st February 2017, the ceremony on the refurbishment of the Anglican Church of the Saviour took place in Acre.
This Church has its origin in the 19th century, since the establishment of the Anglican Church in the Holy Land, and it serves the needs of the English Community in Acre and the surrounding area. (More…)
On Thursday afternoon, 3rd/16th February 2017, on the day of the feast of St. Simeon the Reveiver, after the Festal Divine Liturgy at the Holy Monastery of St. Simeon in Kata Monas, the ambassador Mr. Petros Mavroedis, Manager of the Political Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, visited the Patriarchate, escorted by the Ambassador Constantine Kakiousis, the Consul of the Greek Embassy in Tel Aviv Mrs. Anna Farou, and the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr. Christos Sophianopoulos.
Mr Mavroedis and his escort were received by His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers. (More…)
On Thursday 3rd/16th February 2017, the memory of St. Symeon the God-receiver was celebrated by the Patriarchate, at the Monastery dedicated to him where his tomb is preserved, on the west side of New Jerusalem.
This feast is observed one day after the Dominical Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, and the Church commemorates the fact that St. Symeon received the Lord when He was presented at the Temple of Solomon, brought by His parents at his fortieth day of age with a pair of turtle doves and two doves. This was done according to the Law of Moses, in order for the infant to be sanctified, but it turned out that the One who came to be sanctified, was actually the One who offered sanctification to Simeon and to the Temple (Luke 2:29-33). (More…)