STATEMENT OF THE CHURCHES OF JERUSALEM FOR COVID-19 VIRUS

The Jerusalem Patriarchate – 18/3/2020

A few days ago, the three Major Communities, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Custody of the Holy Land and the Patriarchate of the Armenians in Jerusalem published an announcement regarding the Nativity of the Basilica in Bethlehem for the reduction of COVID-19 virus transmission, and yesterday, March 1/14, 2020, all the Churches of Jerusalem under the lead of H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos published the following statement, urging their congregations all over their jurisdictions to follow the instructions of their Civil Authorities and increase their works of prayer, alms-giving, and love, which are pleasing to God.

From Secretariat-General

A STATEMENT OF THE PATRIARCHS AND HEADS OF CHURCHES IN JERUSALEM

CONCERNING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

March 14, 2020

Our planet earth, at this difficult and challenging time, suffers from the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected so many people and reaped thousands of lives. To face this health and life-threatening pandemic, it is essential for our people and communities to adhere by the provisions and instructions of the civil authorities within the countries we live.

At the same time, we, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, call upon Almighty God to look at our situation and be gracious to our suffering world. We are all called to live this time continuing to trust in our heavenly Father who takes care of all His creatures. It is therefore good that we intensify personal prayer, fasting, and alms-giving and to walk in the light of God’s love.

The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

+ Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

+ Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate

+ Apostolic Administrator, Latin Patriarchate

+ Custody of the Holy Land

+ Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem

+ Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

+ Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate

+ Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate

+ Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate

+ Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East

+ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

+ Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

+ Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

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