At 11:00pm on Holy and Great Friday, 1st/14th April 2017, the Epitaph service which is about the God-saving Burial of our Lord and God Jesus Christ was observed at the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection.
For this Service, the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood with its guest Archbishop Leon of Finland, led by our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, descended to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection, bells tolling in a mourning tone, and through the Deposition and the Holy Sepulchre entered the Catholicon.
There, the Canon of the Holy and Great Saturday was sung until the Priests received the blessing by the Patriarch and they were dressed with their liturgical vestments with the Archbishops alike.
Then the entourage went as usual out of the Catholicon, and turned right towards the Shrine “Touch me not” of the Franciscans where a prayer was read aloud. This was repeated at each one of the Shrines outside the Edicule from North to South, which are The Stolen, St. Logginos, They divided my garments among them, the Crown of Thorns and of Adam. (More…)
On Holy and Great Friday afternoon, 1st/14th April 2017, the Vespers in memory of the Deposition of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ from the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea was observed at the Catholicon of the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection.
For this Service the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood went down to the Church of the Resurrection according to the Church order, via the stairs of St. James the Brother of God Cathedral, with His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem wearing a cross and epanokalimauhon and the other Hagiotaphite Archbishops and Priests wearing epanokalimauhon. (More…)
On 1st/14th April 2017, Holy and Great Friday morning, the procession of the Sacred Cross began from Praetorion and Via Dolorosa towards the Horrendous Golgotha, in memory of the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ followed this path when He was questioned by Pilate in Praetorion, and then condemned, beaten, mocked, and He took up His cross heading for the place of His crucifixion, the Horrendous Golgotha.
This contrite procession was led by the Archpriest of the Patriarchate Most Reverend Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis, likewise taking up the cross, and thus participating at the passion of the Lord’s cross. The procession was followed by many pilgrims of all nationalities, many of whom were holding wooden crosses. (More…)
On Holy and Great Thursday evening, 31st March/13th April 2017, the Service of the Holy Passion was observed at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen.
The contrite service was led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with the praying Hagiotaphite Arcbhishops Hieromonks, monks, nuns and a great multitude of pilgrims who had filled the Church. (More…)
On Holy and Great Thursday morning, 31st March/13th April 2017, the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great was celebrated at St. James the Brother of God Cathedral, which is between the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood Residence and the Church of the Resurrection, led by His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with concelebrants the Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis, Hieromonks and Deacons, as well as visiting Priests.
After the Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am, the Service of the Washing of feet started at the courtyard of the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection. For this reason, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos came from St. James Church and going up on the platform washed the feet of twelve Hagiotaphite Hieromonks and Presbyters, according to the Typikon of this unique to the Church of Jerusalem Service, in memory of the event that the Lord washed the feet of His disciples before His Passion, becoming a living example of humility. (More…)