On Monday, October 4th / 17th 2011, a twenty-member group of nuns from the Holy Monastery of Saint John the Theologist under their Mother Superior nun Episteme, being on a pilgrimage visit to the Holy Land visited the Patriarchate.
The nuns paid their respects to His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos who accepted them warmly and chanted to Him “God grant You many years”/ “Eis Polla Eti Despota” and “Preserve, O Lord, our Master and Hierarch…” / “Ton Despotin kai Arhierea…”
His Beatitude welcomed them stating that they are sanctified by their visit to the Holy Calvary and the Most Holy Sepulcher and the other Holy Lands which received the blood of Jesus and were given life by the blood of the crucifixion, the life-giving and saving blood of Christ, becoming witnesses of Christ’s Salvation Act in the lands where It was conducted and stronger in their spiritual and ascetic strive.
His Beatitude wished them a successful and effectual continuation of their ascetic strives with the power of the Most Precious Cross and the Most Holy and Life-giving Sepulcher and gave them blessings from Jerusalem.
Chief Secretary’s Office
(translated from the original document in Greek by Mrs. Irini Valasi)