THE THREE-DAY BEGINNING OF THE GREAT LENT
Between Lean Monday and Lean Wednesday, namely the 18th to the 20th of February/ the 3rd to the 5th of March 2014, the service of Matins took place in the Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen in the morning, and the Service of the Great Compline in the afternoon. Chanted during the Great Compline was the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, the Jerusalemite. Leading the service was our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos, with co-praying Hagiotaphite Prelates, Hieromonks and Monks.
On the morning of Lean Wednesday, the 20th of February/5th of March 2014, following the Matins procession, His Beatitude Theophilos led the Divine Liturgy and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with co-praying Hagiotaphite Fathers, in the presence of members of the parish, nuns, and pilgrims.
On the same day, at 08:00 am, the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified was performed on the Horrendous Golgotha by the Elder Sacristan, Archbishop Isidoros of Hierapolis, in the presence of pious pilgrims.
From the Secretariat-General