On Tuesday, the 10th/23rd of February 2016, the Patriarchate observed the memory of St Charalambos the Hieromartyr at the monastery dedicated to his name, to the north-east of the Church of the Resurrection.
St Charalambos was a priest in Magnesia, Thessalia, who suffered a martyr’s death during the reign of Licinius, circa 180 AD.
Vespers and the divine Liturgy were led by Archbishop Methodios of Tabor, having Hagiotaphite Hieromonks as concelebrants, e.g. Archimandrites Ieronymos, Ignatios, Makarios; f. Issa Touma, vicar at St James Cathedral, priests visiting from Russia, and deacon Anastasios. Elder Nun Mariam Skorda and Archimandrites Eusebius and Alexios sang during Vespers; during the divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Eusebius sang for a pious congregation of monks, nuns, Greek Orthodox members of the Greek parish, Arabic-speaking faithful and pilgrims from Greece, Russia and Romania.
During the divine Liturgy, Patriarch Theophilos arrived at the church to venerate.
The Patriarchal and Prelatic Entourage and the congregation were hosted to a reception by the hegumen, Archimandrite Kallistos.