THE SATURDAY OF THE SOULS AT THE PATRIARCHATE
On Saturday, May 24/June 6, 2020, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem held the memorial services for the repose of the souls of all the departed ones of the Church, as they are established at the book of Pentecostarion by the Church.
In particular, on Friday afternoon, during Vespers, there was a Memorial Service with the full Canon, and all the names of the departed Hagiotaphite Patriarchs, Archbishops, Priests, Hieromonks, Monks and Nuns were read. The service was officiated by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos with the co-celebration of Hagiotaphite Archbishops.
On Saturday morning the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Cemetery Chapel in the hill of Zion, and the Memorial Service was led by His Eminence Archbishop Theophanes of Gerassa. Prayers were read for the repose of the souls of the Hagiotaphite Fathers, the Nuns and the Orthodox laity members of the Greek Community and of our Arab-speaking congregation who are buried there. The services were held by the care of the relatives of the reposed who brought boiled wheat and look after the graves of their beloved ones.