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THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE SACRED CROSS AT THE HOLY MONASTERY OF THE SACRED CROSS

01/10/2017
On the first Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross, 18th September/1st October 2017, H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, following the Church order of Jerusalem, officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Monastery of the Sacred Cross, located on West Jerusalem near the Hebrew Houses of Parliament. According to the Church tradition the wood by which the Lord’s Cross was made,...
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THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE SACRED CROSS AT THE PATRIARCHATE

27/09/2017
On Wednesday, 14th/27th September 2017, the Feast of the universal Exaltation of the Sacred Cross was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection. On this Feast, the Church commemorates the fact that in the year 336 A.D., during the service of the Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection the newly found Cross of the Lord was “exalted” so that the gathered crowd...
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THE FEAST OF THE CONSECRATION OF THE ALL-HOLY CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

26/09/2017
On Tuesday morning, 13th/26th September 2017, the commemoration of the consecration of the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection was celebrated by the Jerusalem Patriarchate. On this Feast the Church as a whole, and especially that of Jerusalem celebrates the fact that after the completion of the building of the All-holy Church of the Resurrection at the place of the Cross and the Resurrection of our...
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DEACON’S ORDINATION AT THE PATRIARCHATE

24/09/2017
During the Divine Liturgy on Sunday 11th/24th September 2017, at the Holy Church of the Nativity of Theotokos in the town Beit Jala, the Patriarchal Representative of Bethlehem Most Reverend Archbishop Theophylactos of Jordan ordained Mr. Elias Zareb a deacon, in order to minister this Community as a Presbyter later on. More
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THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THEOTOKOS

21/09/2017
On Thursday, 8th/21st September 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of the Nativity of our All-Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. During this feast, the Church commemorates the fact that the Theotokos was given by God as the fruit of the womb of her childless parents, Joachim and Anna, who had been praying fervently for this reason, and were thus granted to become the parents of the...
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THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF THE HOLY AND GLORIOUS FORERUNNER JOHN (2017)

11/09/2017
On Monday, 29th August/ 11th September 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of  the beheading of the Holy and Glorious Forerunner John at his Holy Monastery, located opposite the Church of the Resurrection, at a short distance to the south west, at the Christian district of the Old City of Jerusalem. On this mournful feast, the Church commemorates the event that Herod the tetrarch sent...
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THE ASCEND OF THEOTOKOS’ ICON FROM GETHSEMANE AT THE FEAST OF THE APODOSIS OF THE DORMITION OF THEOTOKOS

05/09/2017
On Tuesday 23rd August/5th September 2017, the ascend of Theotokos’ icon took place in procession from Theotokos’ Tomb to the Metochion of Gethsemane, opposite the Church of the Resurrection. This sacred icon had remained at Theotokos’ Tomb since its descend in the morning of 12th August until 23rd August, the day of the Apodosis of the feast of the Dormition of Theotokos. On that day, after...
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THE PATRIARCHATE CELEBRATES THE 9TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE INAUGURATION OF JACOB’S WELL CHURCH

30/08/2017
On Wednesday 17th/30th August 2017, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Church of Jacob’s Well in the City of Nablus. The Liturgy was led by the Most Reverend Archbishop Theophanes of Gerassa, with co-celebrants Hagiotaphite Hieromonks, along with two Priests from local Churches of Nablus and Zababdeh, and Archimandrite Ioustinos the Hegoumen of Jacob’s Well Monastery. More
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THE FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF THEOTOKOS AT THE PATRIARCHATE (2017)

28/08/2017
  On Monday, 15th/28th August 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated in great festivity the feast of the Dormition of Theotokos according to its typical order of worship at the Tomb of Theotokos in Gethsemane. Therein, with the Tomb of Theotokos being the Holy Altar, Matins and the Divine Liturgy were celebrated, led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with co-celebrants the...
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THE LAMENTATIONS AT THE DORMITION OF THEOTOKOS

27/08/2017
On Sunday, 14th/27th August 2017,  the service of the Lamentations of Theotokos was held at the Holy Shrine of the Dormition of Theotokos in Gethsemane, where the Tomb of Theotokos stands. This service is included in the Order of the Typikon of Zion Church, and has been also followed by other Orthodox Churches in the last years. It includes hymns to Theotokos, especially related to Her Dormition...
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