The holy Services of the Holy Week and the Luminous Resurrection were celebrated at the Holy Archdiocese of Qatar with exceptional brilliance and according to the Church order of the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
A vast crowd of faithful from the Emirate towns as well as from Saudi Arabia participated in the Holy Communion in piety and contrition. (More…)
On Easter Monday, 4th/17th April 2017, the Paschal Service, meaning the Canon of St. John of Damascus on the Resurrection and the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom were celebrated at the monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with the praying Archbishops and Priests, as well as monks and nuns and many pilgrims. (More…)
On Easter Sunday noon, 3rd/16th April 2017, the service of the second Resurrection was celebrated by the Patriarchate.
The service began at the Patriarchate Hall with the reading of the 9th Hour of Easter: “Let us who have beheld the Resurrection of Christ…When they who were with Mary came…” while H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, the Archbishops and Priests were putting on their Paschal Episcopal and Priestly liturgical vestments. (More…)
At midnight on Holy and Great Saturday 2nd/15th April 2017, at the turn of Sunday, 3rd/16th April 2017, the Patriarchal Hagiotaphite Entourage came down from the Central Monastery to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection.
There, at the Catholicon, Matins of Easter Sunday was held with the Canon while His Beatitude the Archbishops and Priests were dressed in their liturgical vestments. Then the Litany around the All-Holy and Life-giving Sepulchre started from the Catholicon.
After the Litany, His Beatitude standing before the Sacred Edicule read the Gospel narrative according to Mark on the Resurrection and recited the “Glory to the Holy Consubstantial and Life-giving and Undivided Trinity” and started the “Christ is risen” ten times, and the congregation followed unceasingly in clamour and exclamations each one in his own language. (More…)
On Holy and Great Saturday, 2nd/15th April 2017, the service of the Holy Light was observed by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. For this service the necessary preparations were made for the coming of the pilgrims of all Orthodox Churches in co-operation between the Secretariat-General and the Status Quo committee of the Patriarchate with the Israeli Police, from the very early morning hours of Saturday.
Once the Orthodox pilgrims and the members of the other Christian Communities had been placed in the designated areas for each Community in the Church, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos came at 12:00 noon (13:00pm summer time) down the staircase of the St. James Cathedral to the Catholicon – Holy Altar of the Church of the Resurrection, escorted by Hagiotaphite Fathers and delegates of Orthodox Churches and countries. (More…)