In category : Liturgic Life — @ 13:00

On Monday, 29th August/ 11th September 2017, the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of  the beheading of the Holy and Glorious Forerunner John at his Holy Monastery, located opposite the Church of the Resurrection, at a short distance to the south west, at the Christian district of the Old City of Jerusalem.

On this mournful feast, the Church commemorates the event that Herod the tetrarch sent a soldier to behead prisoner John the Baptist, because he was judged by him, as he had an illegal relationship with Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Herod was holding a birthday symposium in which he had invited lords and magnates. Salome, Herodias daughter danced there, and Herod liked her,  that is why he promised to give her whatever she would ask for, even half of his kingdom. Taking council from her mother, Salome asked the head of John the Baptist on a charger. Herod was sorrowful because he respected John, but for the oath’s sake and his guests he could not do otherwise, and sent the soldier and beheaded the Forerunner and gave his head to Salome, who brought it as a reward at the symposium (Mat. 14:1-12). (More…)

In category : Chronicle — @ 13:00

On Tuesday, 23rd August /5th September 2017, three groups of Greek pilgrims under the Most Reverend Metropolitan Amphilochios of Kissamou & Selinou of the Church of Crete and the Most Reverend Metropolitan Ioustinos of New Krini and Kalamaria visited the Patriarchate after the veneration and procession of the ascend of the icon of Theotokos.

This numerous and distinguished group was warmly received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, and spoke to them about the help they receive through their pilgrimage, a part of which is today’s procession on the occasion of the apodosis of the Dormition of Theotokos. (More…)

In category : Projects — @ 16:00


Today, Wednesday 6 th September 2017, the Jerusalem Patriarchate Website publishes the remarkable project by Dr. Theodosios Mitropoulos, Architect of the All-holy Church of the Resurrection, which refers to the foundation, operation and renovation of the Central Monastic Church of the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood, in honour of the God-crowned King and Queen and equal to the Apostles Constantine and Helen. (More…)

In category : Liturgic Life — @ 12:00

On Tuesday 23rd August/5th September 2017, the ascend of Theotokos’ icon took place in procession from Theotokos’ Tomb to the Metochion of Gethsemane, opposite the Church of the Resurrection.

This sacred icon had remained at Theotokos’ Tomb since its descend in the morning of 12th August until 23rd August, the day of the Apodosis of the feast of the Dormition of Theotokos.

On that day, after the Divine Liturgy at Theotokos’ Tomb, the procession began with the participation of clergy and a great number of laity, and the Hegoumen Most Reverend Archbishop Dorotheos of Avela, who was carrying the icon before his chest. The procession followed Via Dolorosa, the Christian neighbourhood which was decorated with tree branches and flowers in honour of Theotokos while the Arab-speaking Christians were cheering, and reached the crossing before the Patriarchate and the Christian street. (More…)

In category : Announcements,Current News — @ 09:00

The Heads of the Christian Churches in Jerusalem, having completed their mission at their meeting on Friday 12th/25th August 2017, at the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate, under His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos have made an urgent appeal today 23rd August/5th September 2017, for the protection of the property of Christians, against the unjust decision of the Israeli Court, which gives effect on the illegal hiring contracts of the Jaffa Gate Hotels that belong to the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate and against the proposed law of the 40 ministers in the Knesset which declines the right of the Christian Churches to manage their own properties.

The statement is as follows:

Joint Statement from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem “Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed…” Isaiah 1.17

 In July 2017, we, the heads of the Churches in Jerusalem, were compelled to issue a public statement of concern regarding breaches of the Status Quo that governs the Holy Sites and ensures the rights and privileges of the Churches. This Status Quo is universally recognised by both religious authorities and governments, and has always been upheld by the civil authorities of our region.

We now find ourselves united once again in condemning recent further encroachment on the Status Quo. In such matters as this, the Heads of the Churches are resolute and united in our opposition to any action by any authority or group that undermines those laws, agreements, and regulations that have ordered our life for centuries. (More…)

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