EASTER MONDAY AT THE PATRIARCHATE
Easter Monday, April 7/20, 2020, was celebrated as the Feast of Easter, according to the tradition at the Patriarchal and Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, with Easter Matins, the Easter Canon of St. John Damascene, and the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, with the lead in participation of H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, and the co-prayer of the Hagiotaphite Fathers who live in the Central Monastery, along with the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr. Christos Sophianopoulos and without any nuns or local faithful Christians, due to the ongoing safety precautions regarding gatherings.
During the Holy Week this year some Services were not held at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for the same reason. Only the Services of the Epitaph, the Holy Light and the All-night Vigil for Easter were celebrated at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
All other Services were held at the monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, in total silence, monastic patience and without the participation of any nuns or pilgrims.