THE FEAST OF THE GREAT MARTYR ST. GEORGE AT THE PATRIARCHATE
On Saturday 23rd April/ 6th May 2017, the memory of the Great Martyr St. George the Trophy-bearer was celebrated by the Patriarchate. St. George’s father was from Cappadocia, his mother was from Palestine and he martyred at the time of Diocletian in Rome. He was celebrated according to the Church order of the Patriarchate:
- At the Holy Church and Monastery named after him the so called “of the Hospital”, neighbouring the Holy Monastery of the Archangels on the north side of the Patriarchate and very close to it.Therein, Vespers in the evening and the Divine Liturgy in the morning were officiated by the Secretary of the Holy Synod Most Reverend Archbishop Demetrios of Lydda, with co-officiating Archimandrites Makarios and Mattheos, at the singing of the Mount Athos Monk Fr. Joseph, and Archimandrite Eusevios, Fr. Theodoulos and their helpers, with the participation of a congregation of monks, nuns, members of the Greek Community and the Arab-speaking faithful.
The Archbishop and the congregation were offered a reception after the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy the good keeper of the monastery Reverend Nun Pansemni.
- At St. George of the Hebrew Site
At the Holy Church of this Holy Monastery the so called “of the Hebrew Site” because it is located at the centre of the Hebrew district by the gate of the Zion Wall, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the morning of the feast by the visiting Archimandrite of the Church of Greece Fr. Simon. Singing was the left choir singer of the Church of the Resurrection Mr. George Alvanos, with the help of the Abbess Anna and Nun Thecla, with the participation of a congregation of nuns, members of the Greek Community the Arab-speaking faithful and pilgrims from Greece, Cyprus and Australia. After the Divine Liturgy, the renovator and decorator of the Holy Church and Monastery with Orthodox murals, Abbess Nun Anna, offered the congregation a reception at the courtyard of the Monastery.