The Feast of the Synaxis of the Venerable Forerunner John was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the H. Monastery dedicated to him on the south-west side of the Church of the Resurrection, on Saturday, January 7/20, 2018.
When we say synaxis (gathering) of the Venerable Forerunner John, we mean the gathering for us Christians to especially honour the Venerable Forerunner as the one who performed the sacrament of the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For this feast in the aforementioned H. Monastery, Vespers in the evening was led by Archimandrite Ieronymos with other Hagitotaphite Hieromonks as co-celebrants. The Divine Liturgy in the morning was led by the Most Reverend Archbishop Damascene of Joppa, with co-celebrants Hagiotaphite Hieromonks. The choir was formed by the left choir singer of the Church of the Resurrection Mr. George Alvanos, Archimandrites Eusevios and Demetrios and the Patriarchal School of Zion students. The services were attended by a noble congregation of local faithful and pilgrims.
The Episcopal entourage and the congregation were offered a reception by the Hegoumen and renovator of the H. Monastery, Archimandrite Bartholomew.