THE MAYOR OF KIEV VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

November 2014 Sunday, the 20th of October/2nd of November 2014, the Mayor of the City Kiev, Mr Vitaliy Klychko, an internationally acclaimed boxing champion, visited the Patriarchate. He was accompanied by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Israel, Mr Hennadii Nadolenko, and by Avrum Silman. They were received by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Hagiotaphite Fathers. An interesting ...

DOXOLOGY ON THE 28TH OF OCTOBER NATIONAL DAY AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

October 2014 On Tuesday the 15th/28th of October 2014, Doxology was held at the Church of the Resurrection, in celebration of the 28th of October 1940 national day. Doxology was performed in the form of extending gratitude to God for His help in liberating Greece from the burden of the 1940 Italian and German occupation, and of ...

UKRAINIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

On Wednesday, the 9th/22nd of October 2014, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Pavlo Klikmkin, accompanied by the Ukrainian ambassador to Tel Aviv and a group of his associates, visited the Patriarchate. His Excellency the Minister and his retinue were warmly received by H.B. Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, and Hagiotaphite Fathers. An interesting discussion ...

BIBLE SOCIETY PUBLISHES THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM’S NEW TESTAMENT IN ARABIC

October 2014 On Friday, the 4th/ 17th of October 2014, the Palestinian Bible Society hosted an event at the “Convention Center” of the Palestinian Autonomy, between Bethlehem and Hebron. His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, attended the event, accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archdeacon Evlogios, priests from the occupied areas, i.e. the Hagiotaphite ...

MAFRAQ YOUTH COMMUNITY VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

October 2014 On Thursday, the 26th of September/9th of October 2014, a group of pilgrims consisting of approximately 50 young men and women, from the flock of the Mafraq Community in Northern Jordan, visited the Patriarchate. They were accompanied by the Patriarchal Commissioner, His Eminence Philoumenos, Archbishop of Pella. The pilgrims were courteously received by H.B., Patriarch ...

THE FEAST OF ST THEKLA THE PROTOMARTYR OBSERVED AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

October 2014 On Tuesday, the 24th of September/7th of October 2014, the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of St Thekla the Protomartyr, a disciple of the Apostle Paul, at the 16th century Chapel dedicated to her, within the Central Monastery. His Beatitude Theophilos led the Vespers and divine Liturgy for the feast, as the Head Cantor of the ...

THE FEAST OF THE UNIVERSAL EXALTATION OF THE VENERABLE CROSS AT THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM (2014)

Patriarchate of Jerusalem On Saturday, the 14th/27th of September 2014, the Patriarchate observed the feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Venerable Cross. The feast commemorates the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ on Golgotha for our salvation, and the exaltation of the Lord’s cross after its discovery by Saint Helena and Archbishop Makarios of Jerusalem in ...

THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF GEORGIA TO ISRAEL VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

September 2014 On Friday, the 30th of August/12th of September 2014, the new Ambassador of Georgia to Israel, His Excellency Mr Paata Kalandare, visited the Patriarchate. Mr Kalandare was received by His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem. An interesting discussion took place during the meeting, on problems facing the Middle East, where the Patriarchate has been called ...

THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR ORTHODOX-ANGLICAN DIALOGUE VISITS THE PATRIARCHATE

September 2014 On Friday, the 6th/19th of September 2014, the 6th International Commission for Dialogue between Orthodox and Anglicans visited the Patriarchate, after having venerated at the Holy Sepulcher and at the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord. The Dialogue Commission was received by H.B. Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, and Hagiotaphite Fathers. His Beatitude praised the effort ...

COMMEMORATING THE BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

September 2014 On Thursday, the 29th of August/11th of September 2014, the Patriarchate commemorated the beheading of John the Baptist at the Monastery dedicated to him, in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem, to the south of the Church of the Resurrection and the chapel of the Dependency of Gethsemane. The event, passed down to the church by the Evangelists, ...

THE AMBASSADOR OF SERBIA TO ISRAEL VISITS THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM

August 2014 On Tuesday, the 30th of July/12th of August 2014, the Serbian Ambassador to Israel, Mr Milutin Stanoyevic, visited the Patriarchate accompanied by Mrs Miliça Vajovic, the Embassy Secretary, whose assignment in Israel is nearing its close. His Excellency the Ambassador of Serbia and his Secretary were received by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Patriarchal ...

THE FEAST OF ST PANTELEIMON THE GREAT MARTYR AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

  August 2014 On Saturday, the 27th of July/9th of August 2014, the Patriarchate commemorated St Panteleimon, the great martyr and healer, in the Church dedicated to him, which lies in the Christian quarter, between the Patriarchate and David’s Gate. The chapel is one of the twenty chapels of the Patriarchate in the Old City. It used to ...

THE FEAST OF ST PROKOPIOS THE GREAT MARTYR AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

July 2014 On Monday, the 8th/21st of July 2014, the feast of the great martyr Prokopios was celebrated at the Patriarchate. Originally a persecutor of Christians, Prokopios went on to preach Christ after believing in a vision. He suffered a martyr’s death in 303 AD, in Caesaria, Palestine. The feast was observed at the chapel dedicated to his ...

THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM CONDEMN PROCLAMATIONS AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ

July 2014 The Patriarchate of Jerusalem is alarmed upon hearing the horrifying statement issued by the Islamic State group, telling Christian communities in the Iraqi city of Mosul that they must convert to Islam, pay a jiziya tax, or give up all their possessions and leave the city, otherwise face imminent execution. The inhumane statement is contrary ...

STATEMENT BY COMMUNICATION SERVICE OF THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE’S DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS REGARDING THE DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND TO ALLOW WOMEN TO SERVE AS BISHOPS

18/7/14 At the session that took place on the 14th of July 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England made a decision allowing women to serve as bishops. The Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations is authorized to make the following statement in this regard: The Russian Orthodox Church has ...

THE MOLDOVAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER VISITS THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

June- July 2014 On Tuesday the 11th/24th of June 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova, Mrs Natalia Gherman, while on a visit to the state of Israel, visited the Patriarchate accompanied by a group of her associates and the Moldovan Ambassador to Israel, Mr Anatol Vangheli. They were received by His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, ...

DECISIONS OF THE HOLY AND SACRED SYNOD OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM

June-July 2014 The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem convened under the Presidency of H.B. Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, on the 10th/23rd of June 2014. The Synod addressed issues of the Patriarchate and took the following decisions: 1.To appoint the Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias, as President of the Committee ...

MONDAY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

June 2014 Monday the 27th of May/9th of June 2014 saw the celebrations for the descent of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, on the holy disciples and apostles gathered in the Cenacle on the Hill of the Holy Sion, as attested by the Church. Vespers was first held in the chapel within ...

THE FEAST OF PENTECOST AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

June 2014 On Sunday the 26th of May/8th of June 2014, the feast of Pentecost was observed at the Patriarchate in commemoration of the miraculous descent of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, on His holy disciples and apostles on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection. Blessed with the Holy Spirit, they spoke of the ...

THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

May - June 2014 Thursday, the 16th/29th of May 2014, the Thursday of the Ascension, the Patriarchate commemorated the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven to sit on the right of His Father. This particular event essentially marked the completion of God’s economy for our salvation, as Jesus Christ, God’s Son and Word, placed ...

SCHEDULE FOR THE VISIT OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM

May 2014 The scheduled meeting of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem for a Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. According to the schedule drafted by the Ecumenical Patriarch in collaboration with ...