In category : Liturgic Life,Speeches — @ 20:00

On Saturday afternoon, 5th August / 23rd July 2017, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos officiated the Sacrament of Christening of the grandchildren of a distinguished member of our Arab-speaking Community, at the Holy Church of the Sacred Shrine of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Nazareth.  

Inaugurating these twin children as members of our Orthodox Church, His Beatitude gave the following address: (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life,Speeches — @ 17:00

 

On Saturday 23rd July / 5th August 2017, the memory of the Holy Prophet Elijah the Thesbite was celebrated a few days after the actual feast day at his Holy Church (which  also honours the Ascension of the Lord) in the town Maaloule, a Nazareth suburb.

This town was inhabited until 1948, the year of the establishment of the State of Israel, when both the Palestinian inhabitants of the town and the Arab-speaking Greek-Orthodox ones of the Patriarchate deserted the town and its Holy Church.

The Church was asked for and returned to the Patriarchate with a licence from the surrounding Israeli army, with the acting policy of the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth and the funding of the Hegoumen of Mount Tabor Archimandrite Hilarion, after approximately fifty years. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life,Speeches — @ 18:00

On Wednesday, 20th July/2nd August the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of Prophet Elijah the Thesbite, at the Holy Monastery bearing his name, which is located midway between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, near the archaeological site of the ancient Monastery of Theotokos’ Kathisma.

Prophet Elijah remains in the memory of the Church according to the books of the Old Testament as the “incarnate Angel and the Prophet’s summit and boast, the second forerunner of the coming of Christ”, full of the zeal of the Lord, defending the rights of His truth before the king Ahaab and his wife Jezabel. Through his prayer, God sent fire down from heaven which burnt down the stones and the wood of the altar (3 Kings ch. 18). He prayed that God will give no rain for three years and again through his prayer he stopped the drought (3 Kings 18:44-46). He ascended in heaven in a fiery chariot and from there he sent his grace twofold to his disciple prophet Elisha at the river Jordan (4 Kings ch. 2). (More…)



In category : Articles — @ 11:00

By Heba Hrimat

The town of Sabastiya, which is located 12 kilometers northwest of the city of Nablus, may seem just another modest town at first. However, this quickly starts to alter as we approach the ‘Historic Site’ of the town. Just as we draw nearer to the public square, which is located at the heart of the town, a huge ancient building welcomes us from the north. The building has the name of ‘The Mosque of Prophet Yahya’ (Yahya is Arabic for John), but the exterior of this building does not suggest it is a mosque, except for the minaret part, of course. The reason behind this is simple: it was not meant to be one. Originally, the building was one of the largest Cathedrals built in The Holy Land by the Crusaders, second biggest to be exact, after the Cathedral they built for The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The reason behind that may be because it held such a significant meaning, that they had no choice but to prioritize it before other holy sites. In that Church lies the tomb of the greatest among the Prophets, St. John the Baptist. (More…)



In category : Chronicle — @ 21:00

On Monday evening, 11th/24th July 2017,  the Minister of Defense of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vulin visited the Patriarchate, escorted by his associates and by the Deputy Head of the Embassy of Serbia in Israel Mr. Dejan Blagojevic.

His Excellency the Serbian Minister of Defense and his escort where received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos together with Geronda Secretary-General Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Dragouman Archimandrite Mattheos, Archdeacon Mark and Fr. Nikitas. (More…)



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