In category : Articles — @ 20:30

By Heba Hrimat

The Church of Jacob’s well is located in Tel Balata in the eastern part of Nablus city. The 41 meter-deep well can be accessed by entering the Church, and descending the stairs to a crypt containing the well by a small winch and a bucket.

The Church was named after the well. According to Genesis 33: 18-20, when Jacob returned to Shechem, he camped before the city, and bought the land on which he pitched his tent and erected an altar. However the religious significance of Jacob’s Well Church lies to the fact that it was built on the land where Jesus Christ set His feet. According to St. John’s Gospel 4: 5-6 Jesus “came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there.” John’s Gospel continues to describe a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman (later called Photeini, according to the Orthodox tradition), which took place while Jesus was resting at the well after a tiring journey. (More…)

In category : Articles — @ 20:00

By Heba Hrimat

Nablus is a city located in the northern West Bank, about 49 km to the north of Jerusalem, and lies between the mountains of Gerzem and Ebal.  

The name of this city, which is nearly 2000 years old, dates back to the Roman emperor Vespasian, who named it ‘flavia neapolis’ which translates ‘the emperor`s new city’. From then on, the city’s name kept changing until its current name ‘Nablus’ was established. Nablus is mentioned in the Bible under its’ Hebrew name ‘Shechem’, however Shechem was moved 2 km from the initial location of the city after its annihilation during the first Romanian-Jewish war.  

Many historical periods have passed on Nablus, each has left its own imprint on the city, and some of the very notable sacred historical sites in it are Joseph’s Tomb and Jacob’s Well, where a Church was built under the same name. (More…)

In category : Liturgic Life — @ 15:00

On Pentecost Sunday 22nd May/4th June 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated the remembrance of the inspiration by the Holy Spirit at the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection.

On this Feast, the Orthodox Church worldwide and the Mother of Churches celebrates the event that fifty days after His Resurrection from the dead and ten days after His Ascension, our Lord Jesus Christ sent through His Father the Holy Spirit to His Holy disciples and Apostles, who were gathered in the upper room and enlightened them and they spoke in foreign languages the marvellous acts of God, namely the truth for the salvation of the people in the Incarnate, Crucified and Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. (More…)

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…)

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