THE FEAST OF THE ADORATION OF THE SACRED AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE CROSS
On Sunday 29 March /11 April 2021, the 4th Sunday of Great Lent and commemoration day of Saint John of the author of the Ladder, the Feast of the Adoration of the Sacred Cross was celebrated by transference at the Holy Monastery of the Cross in West Jerusalem, near the Jewish Knesset.
The feast was celebrated in this Monastery due to the tradition that this is the place where Lot planted the wood on which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.
Vespers on Saturday afternoon and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning were officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Theophanes of Gerassa, with the co-celebration of the Hegoumen of the Monastery His Eminence Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella, Dragoman Archimandrite Mattheos, Priest Nectarios and Hierodeacon Simeon, at the presence of the Greek Consul Mrs Zaharioudaki and members of the Greek Community in Jerusalem along with members of the Arab-speaking flock.
After the Divine Liturgy the Hegoumen of the Monastery, Most Reverend Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella hosted a reception for the congregation and a meal at lunchtime for the Episcopal Entourage and others.