In category : Current News,Speeches,Various Speeches — @ 13:00

On Saturday, 12th/25th March 2017, the Name Day of H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos was celebrated (transferred from Wednesday) by the Patriarchate. His Beatitude bears the name of one of the Holy Forty Martyrs of the lake of Sabastia in Pontus, who celebrate on 9th March.

  1. In the evening

On Friday evening the feast began with the reading of the 9th Hour at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen.

Afterwards, bells tolling, the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood descended at the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection. There, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and the Hagiotaphite Fathers venerated the Holy Deposition Shrine and the Holy Sepulchre, and then having put on His cloak, He gave the blessing in the Catholicon and Great Vespers began, with the Great Entrance and the Blessing of Bread. Meanwhile, the Archbishops of the Holy Synod venerated the Horrendous Golgotha and the Deacons performed the incense procedure around the Shrines. At the end of Vespers, the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood headed for the Patriarchate quarters. (More…)



In category : Speeches — @ 15:00

22 March 2017

“Your All- Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,

Your Paternity, Father Francesco,

Your Beatitude, Patriarch Nourhan,

Your Excellency, Archbishop Pierre Battista,

Your Excellency, Archbishop Lazzarotto, the Papal Nuncio,

Beloved Fellow Heads of the Churches of the Holy Land,

Your Excellency, the Prime Minister of Greece,

Respected Members of the Civic, Governmental, and Diplomatic Services,

Esteemed Professor Moropoulou and the Members of the Scientific Team,

Your Eminences,

Your Graces,

Dear Monastics,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

As we celebrate this historic occasion, we remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of St. Matthew:

Let your light so shine forth before others,

so that they may see you good works

and give glory to your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:16)

With the renovation and re-dedication of the Sacred Edicule, the world sees the light of the spiritual identity of Jerusalem, a light that is itself a reflection of the Uncreated Light that shines from the Holy Tomb.

It is a great honour for the Church of Jerusalem to host this historic event, and to welcome guests from our City, our region, and around the world. Together with our Brothers in Christ, His Paternity Father Francesco and His Beatitude Patriarch Nourhan, along with His Excellency Archbishop Pierre Battista, we are witness to this day, which is a special day not only for us, but for Jerusalem and the communities that make up the unique and extraordinary multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious landscape of the Holy Land. (More…)



In category : Current News,Speeches,Various Speeches — @ 14:00

On Wednesday morning, 9th/22nd March 2017, the ceremony marking the completion of the restoration and rehabilitation of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre took place in front of the Sacred Edicule. This project began one year ago, by the initiative of Jerusalem Patriarchate and the agreement among the Christian Communities, the Franciscans and the Armenians; the research study and the work were undertaken by the Interdisciplinary Team of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.) under the coordination of Professor Mrs. Antonia Moropoulou.

Present at this ceremony was His Excellency the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Alexis Tsipras, who had visited His Beatitude at the Patriarchate earlier that morning, Ministers of Greece, Mrs. Mika Ertegün, Commissioner of the World Monuments Fund, major and minor donators for the completion of this project, His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who had also visited His Beatitude at the Patriarchate earlier, Representatives from Mount Athos, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, Representatives from the State of Israel, such as Mr. Yacoub Salame and Cesar Marjieh, the Israeli Jerusalem Police Chief  Mr. Yoram Levi, Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Mr. Tsahi Hanekby; present were also, as invited, the majority of the Hagiotaphite Fathers, led by their Hegoumen, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos. (More…)



In category : Speeches — @ 13:00

 

22 March 2017

 

Your All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,

Your Paternity, Father Francesco,

Your Beatitude, Patriarch Nourhan,

Your Excellency, Archbishop Pierbattista,

Your Excellency, Archbishop Lazzarotto, the Pappal Nuncio,

Beloved Fellow Heads of the Churches of the Holy Land,

Respected Members of the Civic, Governmental, and Diplomatic Services,

Esteemed Professor Moropoulou and the Members of the Scientific Team,

Your Eminences,

Your Graces,

Dear Monastics,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

As we gather here at the holiest of the Holy Places on this providential occasion, we recall the words of the Psalmist:

How great are your works, O Lord!

(Psalm 95:2)

Let us hear again the account from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:

Joseph took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.

(Matthew 27:59-60)

We stand today in this same place. And we give thanks to the Triune God for having given us this opportunity to bring to completion the renovation and conservation of the Sacred Edicule of the Most Holy and Life-Giving Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the first time in over two centuries the Sacred Edicule has been restored for its veneration by the faithful. (More…)



In category : Chronicle — @ 20:00

On Tuesday evening 8th/21st March 2017, the President of the Democratic Party Mrs. Fofi Gennimata visited the Patriarchate as part of her trip to Jerusalem in order to participate at the ceremony of the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre, on Wednesday 9th/22nd March 2017, escorted by her husband and associates, and the Professor of the N.T.U.A. Mrs. Antonia Moropoulou.

Mrs. Gennimata and her escorts were received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, together with Hagiotaphite Fathers, the Patriarchal Commissioner Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Benedict of Philadelphia, Geronda Secretary-General Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the Master of Ceremonies Archimandrite Bartholomew, and Fr. Nikitas. (More…)



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