THE FEAST OF THE ADORATION OF THE PRECIOUS AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS AT THE H. MONASTERY OF THE CROSS
On the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, March 25/April 7, 2019, the Feast of the Adoration of the Precious and Life-giving Cross was celebrated in transference at the Holy Monastery of the Holy Cross, which is located in West Jerusalem, near the Hebrew Parliament – Knesset.
The Feat of the Adoration of the Precious and Life-giving Cross is being celebrated in this Monastery one week after the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, because the Church keeps the tradition that in this place Lot planted the wood from which the Cross was made, and on which our Lord was crucified for our salvation.
The Divine Liturgy on this feast was led by the Most Reverend Archbishop Demetrios of Lydda, with co-celebrants Archimandrite Kallistos and Deacon Hader Baramki, under the chanting of Nun Iousini. The service was attended by Mrs. Katherine Tzima and members of the Greek Consulate, a congretation of the members of the Greek Community and members of our Arab-speaking flock in Jerusalem.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy the congregation was offered a reception at the courtyard of the Monastery by the Hegoumen Most Reverend Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella, which was followed later on by a meal for the Episcopal entourage, other Hagiotaphite Fathers and members of the Consulate.