THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS AT THE PATRIARCHATE
On Sunday June 1/14, 2020 the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of All Saints, as it is ordained at the Book of Pentecostarion, at the chapel dedicated to them inside the Holy Church of The Meeting of the Lord in Panagia Sayda Naya, near the Patriarchate at the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
This feast is celebrated by the Church as the last of the Pentecost period to show that All the Saints are the fruit of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just like the Apostles, all the Saints were strengthened and enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and applied the commandments of the Lord and glorified God.
Vespers in the afternoon and the Divine Liturgy in the morning was led by participation by His Eminence Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, as the Services were officiated by the Archimandrites Kallistos and Isidoros, the Arab-speaking Priests Nectarios and Charalambos, and Hierodeacon Eulogios at the chanting of the Byzantine Choir Leader of the H. Church of Saints Constantine and Helen Archimandrite Eusevios and Monk Chariton. The Services were attended by devout faithful Christians from Jerusalem, Greeks, Palestinians and Russians among others.
After the Divine Liturgy, the good keeper of the Monastery and of the Bakery of the Patriarchate Abbess Seraphima hosted a reception for the Episcopal entourage and the congregation.