In category : Liturgic Life — @ 21:00

On Holy Saturday noon, March 25/April 7, 2018, the Service of the Holy Light took place, according to the Typikon order and the Status Quo of worship of the Jerusalem Patriarchate.

His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos left the Patriarchate at 12.00 o’ clock/ 13.00 o’ clock (summer time) and went down through St. James Cathedral staircase to the Holy Altar of the Catholicon of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church was tightly filled with pilgrims from the Orthodox countries of Greece, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Cyprus, Ukraine and Poland, and a large crowd of faithful from the other doctrines’ delegations, Armenians, Copts, Ethiopians and Syrians, under the extremely strict supervision of the Israeli police. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 10:00

The Jerusalem Patriarchate co-celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation with the Feast of Pascha as it coincided with it on Holy Saturday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life,Various Speeches — @ 23:30

On Good Friday night, March 24/April 6, 2018, the Epitaph Service took place at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and all Monasteries of the Patriarchate.

This contrite and modest service was led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with co-celebrant Hagiotaphite Archbishops of the Throne and the Most Reverend  Mark of Serbia, Hagiotaphite Hieromonks and visiting Priests from other Churches.

The canon of Holy Saturday was sung at the beginning of the service. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 20:00

On Good Friday evening, March 24/April 6, 2018, the Hagiotaphites went down St. James the Brother of God staircase and venerated the Horrendous Golgotha, without wearing any ornaments, and His Beatitude was wearing only one engolpio.

The Great Vespers of Good Friday followed, officiated by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with co-celebrant Hagiotaphite Hieromonks with first in rank Elder Kamarasis Archimandrite Nectarios. The right choir was led by Archimandrite Aristovoulos and the left by Mr. Constantinos Spyropoulos, who sang the contrite troparia of the day, inspiring the large crowd of pilgrims who attended the service. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life — @ 11:00

The Royal Hours of Good Friday were read on Friday March 24/April 6, 2018, at the Patriarchate, according to the Typikon order of the Church and the Status Quo of worship of the Patriarchate.

Early in the morning, the Royal Hours were read at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers.

Then the Greek Orthodox faithful opened the gate of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre under the lead of Dragouman Archimandrite Mattheos, according to their right to go there in procession from the Patriarchate. (More…)



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