THE FEAST OF ST. NIKOLAOS AT THE TOWN OF BEIT JALLA
On Wednesday December 6/19, 2018, the commemoration of St. Nikolaos, Bishop of Myra of Lycia the Wonderworker was celebrated at his beautiful Church in the town of Beit Jalla, near Bethelhem.
St. Nikolaos was celebrated in a Pan-Orthodox way worldwide, as the patron Saint of this town, being honoured as the Ecumenical teacher of the Son of the Father having One Substance with Him, at the First Ecumenical Synod of Nicea in 325 A.D., and as a “canon of faith and an image of piety”, with Vespers in the evening and the Divine Liturgy in the morning of the feast, led by the Most Reverend Archbishop Theophanes of Gerassa, with co-celebrants the Hegoumen Archimandrite Ignatios, Archimandrite Ananias and the ministering Priests of the Community, Priests; Paul, George, Joseph and Elias. The choir of the Church sang in Arabic and the service was attended by the full congregation of the Christians of the town.
After the Divine Liturgy there was a procession with the Episcopal entourage, the congregation and the scouts, and afterward there was a meal offered by the Hegoumen and the Community Council.