In category : Liturgic Life,Speeches — @ 15:00

On Saturday, 21st May/3rd June 2017, the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood celebrated the memory of its founders, the glorious God-crowned and equal to the Apostles, the King and Queen Saints Constantine and Helen, at their Holy Church inside the Patriarchate, adjacent to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection on the west side.

  1. Vespers

This feast was celebrated with Great Vespers in the evening, led by His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with the prayers of Hagiotaphite Archbishops, Hieromonks and monks, first of whom the Typikon Keeper Archimandrite Alexios, and the participation of the dressed Hagiotaphite Hieromonks at the Great Entrance and the Blessing of Bread. Singing were the choir leader of this Church, Archimandrite Eusevios with Mr. George Tombros on the right and Archimandrite Demetrios on the left, at the presence of local Greeks Arab-speaking members of the Jerusalem Community, and pilgrims from Greece, Russia, Cyprus and Romania.

After Vespers, the Hagiotaphite Fathers were served boiled wheat, wine and dried bread according to their custom at the courtyard in front of the Epitropikon. (More…)

In category : Chronicle — @ 20:00

On Tuesday afternoon, 17th/30th May 2017, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Mr. George Katrougalos visited the Patriarchate, escorted by his associates, the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr. Christos Sophianopoulos and by the Consul Mr. Vasilios Koenis, and the Romeo-Orthodox Mr. George Bassous of the Palestinian Police force.

The Deputy Foreign Minister and his escort were warmly received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers, the Patriarchal Commissioner Most Reverend Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, Geronda Secretary-General Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, and the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis.

Within the agenda of the meeting there was an interesting conversation on the sensitive political situation faced by the city of Jerusalem and the significant role of the Church of the Resurrection in the solution of this political issue. (More…)

In category : Chronicle,Speeches — @ 20:00


On Friday evening, 16th/26th May  2017, His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos officiated a Doxology and the Blessing of water and blessed the reopening of the Holy Church of St. George the Great Martyr and Trophy bearer in the Orthodox Arab-speaking Community of Jifna (Biblical name Gofna), located near the town Ramalla. This Holy Church which bears the signs of its antiquity – the embossed depictions of the Nativity of Christ above the entrance door, dated back to the time of the memorable Cyril Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1854, and a big very old Baptistery by the entrance – had undergone quite an important damage due to an electric power supply fire a few months ago. Since then, the Hall next to it had been used as a Church. (More…)

In category : Chronicle — @ 19:00


On Friday afternoon, 13th/26th May 2017, while being on a pilgrimage visit, a group of eighty monks of the Vatopedion Monastery of Mount Athos, under their Hegoumen Archimandrite Ephraim visited the Patriarchate, at the presence of the Most Reverend Metropolitans Athanasios of Limassol from the Church of Cyprus, and Ioustinos of New Krini and Kalamaria from the Church of Greece.

This exceptional and large group was warmly received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers, and were welcomed in the Holy Land, the sanctified by the Incarnate presence, and in Jerusalem, watered and sanctified by the redemptive blood of the crucified and risen from the dead and ascended in the heavens our Lord Jesus Christ. (More…)

In category : Liturgic Life — @ 15:00

On Thursday, 12th/25th May 2017, the celebration of the feast of the glorious Ascension in the Heavens of the risen from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ was observed.

On this feast, the Church celebrates that which was given to it in the Gospel narratives by the Apostles, namely that the Lord was ascended in the heavens forty days after His Resurrection and sat on the right hand side of His Father, being in the human body that He had received with His incarnation.

The Church of Jerusalem celebrates this event at the very place where it happened, the top of the Mount of Olives.

In the evening the Service of  Sanctification of the Holy Altar was held initially,  followed by Vespers at the Holy Altar placed by the Orthodox faithful on the ruins of the Byzantine Church which is now occupied by the Muslims, together with the Shrine of the footprint of the Lord. The Service was led by the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis, with concelebrants Hagiotaphite Archimandrites, first of whom was Elder Kamarasis Archimandrite Nectarios, and the Arab-speaking Priests of St. James the Brother of God Cathedral. Singing on the right in Greek, Russian and Romanian was the Choir Leader of the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection Archimandrite Aristovoulos, and Mr. Rimon Kamar was singing on the left in Arabic, in the participation of monks, nuns and pilgrims. (More…)

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