HESYCHASTS FROM ST GREGORY PALAMAS MONASTERY VISIT THE PATRIARCHATE
On Friday the 10th/23rd of October 2015, a group of thirty nuns from St Gregory Palamas Monastery in Koufalia, Salonika, the Patriarchate. They were led by Abbess Xeni and accompanied by their priest.
The nuns were warmly welcomed by His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, who went on to congratulate them on their hesychastic practice in imitation of the patron saint of their Monastery, St Gregory Palamas, proponent of the Orthodox Hesychasm.
The nuns sang His Beatitude’s Polychronion in the Byzantine style, and offered handmade gifts, whereas the Patriarch offered Abbess Xeni a pectoral cross for safekeeping, and an icon of Panaghia Jerusalemite. Icons of the Holy Sepulchre were offered to the nuns.
From the Secretariat-General