In category : Articles — @ 13:00

By Heba Hrimat

Tubas is a Palestinian city a few kilometers to the west of the Jordan River. Its history dates back to the Canaanite era, that`s when it was originally named ‘Tuba Syoys’ which translates ‘shining star’. Tubas is also mentioned in the Book of Judges (Chapter 9) in the Old Testament under the name ‘Thebez’, when the ruler of Shechem at that time King ‘Abimelech‘ fled from Shechem after destroying it and killed its citizens. (More…)



In category : Articles — @ 12:00

By Heba Hrimat

To the north of the West Bank and 15 km to the south-east of the City of Jenin, lies the town of Zababdeh or al-Zababida. The history of this small town dates back to no longer than two centuries. The first people who inhabited this land had fled their countries due to the oppression they suffered at that time.

These people worked in agriculture and livestock until they decided to purchase the land from its original Muslim owners, and named it later Zababdeh. After a period of time they felt the need for a Priest to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and hold the rest of the Church services. According to this request, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem sent them the first Priest to serve in Zababdeh, the Reverend Father Nasser Mikhail Hanna from Beisan, who rested in the Lord in 1913. Later his son, the Reverend Father Ibrahim Hanna succeeded his father. (More…)



In category : Chronicle,Speeches — @ 15:00

5 June 2017

Your Eminences,

Your Graces,

Dear Fathers,

Beloved Monastics,

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we gather to celebrate the great and holy Feast of Pentecost, we recall the words of the hymnographer, who reminds us of the fundamental theological truths of this celebration:

Of old the tongues were confounded

because of the audacity of building the tower,

but now the tongues are made wise

for the sake of Divine Knowledge…

now the concord of tongues hath been inaugurated

for the salvation of our souls.

(Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

We are reminded that this Feast of Pentecost is a declaration of the fundamental unity of our ecumenical, pan-Orthodox Church, which has been revealed to us on this Feast in this Holy City. This truth has been guarded and nourished by the Church of Jerusalem, the Mother of the Churches, from the very beginning. (More…)



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

On Monday, 23rd Mary/ 5th June 2017, the Feast of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was celebrated at the Ecclesiastical Mission (Missia) and its Holy Church of the Holy Trinity of the Moscow Patriarchate, located on West Jerusalem near the New Gate.

This festal Divine Liturgy on Monday of the Holy Spirit was led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, invited by the aforementioned delegation which belongs to the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 12:00

On Monday of the Holy Spirit, 26th May/ 5th June 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated the Descend of the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire on the Holy Disciples and Apostles of the Lord, at the place where the event occurred, the Holy Zion, where the Upper Room stands.

  1. In the Evening

This event was celebrated with Vespers in the evening, which took place at the chapel of the Patriarchate at the cemetery, on the ruins of the Byzantine Church, officiated by the Most Reverend Archbishop Demetrios of Lydda, Secretary of the Holy Synod, with co-officiating the Typikon Keeper Archimandrite Alexios, the Presbyters of the Holy Church of St. James the Brother of God, and other Arab-speaking Presbyters, Deacon Agapios and also praying with them was Archimandrite Bartholomew. At this feast the Kneeling prayers were read, where the faithful prayed while kneeling down. (More…)



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