On Holy and Great Wednesday morning, 30th March/12th April 2017, the last Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts of the Holy Week was celebrated at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, officiated by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos with the participation of Hagiotaphite Fathers and several newly arrived pilgrims. (More…)
On Holy and Great Wednesday evening, 30th March/11th April 2017, the Sacrament of the Holy Unction was observed at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos with concelebrants Hagiotaphite Archbishops, as our preparation for our participation in the Cross and Resurrection of the Lord. (More…)
On Holy and Great Tuesday morning, 29th March/11th April 2017, the pilgrims’ baptism took place as a seal of their pilgrimage theory, at the bank of the river Jordan, at the place where our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized by St. John the Baptist. Pilgrims were from Greece and other Orthodox countries. (More…)
On Palm Sunday evening, 27th March/9th April 2017, the 1st Service of the Bridegroom of the Holy Week was observed at the Catholicon of the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection.
The Service was led by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, who also spoke to the noble congregation of pilgrims, underlining that the Incarnate and up to the point of death participant in our nature except sin, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the Bridegroom (Nymphios) of our souls, who loves our souls and saves them by His grace, if we on our part prepare and beautify ourselves in order to receive Him, so that He will make His abode in us. (More…)
By the Mercy of God Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem
and all Palestine
to all members of the Church, grace and mercy and peace
from the All-Holy and Life-Giving Sepulchre
of the Resurrected Christ.
“Christ is risen from the dead,
The fristfruits of those that sleep:
The firstborn of all creation
And maker of all created things!”
(Stichoiron of Paschal Praises tone 3)
It was deep dawn on that day, the first of the Sabbaths, the first of the Week, after the crucifixion and the burial of Lord Jesus. The women surrounding Mariam, who had escorted Christ from Galilee and had become witnesses to His Cross and burial, ran in haste on that dawn, wondering to themselves who would remove the big stone at the entrance of the tomb, so that they would be able to anoint the body of the crucified and buried Lord Jesus Christ with myrrh, according to the custom of the Jews.
However, having reached the tomb, they became witnesses of a dazzling and marvelous sight. They found the stone rolled away, while a couple of lively angels said to them “why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen” (Luke 24:6). “Behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6). (More…)