THE FEAST OF THE MONDAY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT THE HOLY ZION
On Monday, May 31/June 13,2022, the feast of the Holy Spirit was celebrated according to the book of Pentecostarion. The Church dedicates this day especially to the Holy Spirit, as He came down in the form of tongues of fire on the disciples’ heads and enlightened and strengthened them to preach the marvels of God in boldness and bravery.
“Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net” and saved it.
This feast was celebrated with Vespers on Sunday afternoon and the reading of the kneeling service at the Pentecost chapel inside the cemetery of the Holy Zion by His Eminence Archbishop Nectarios of Anthedona, with the co-celebration of Hagiotaphite Hieromonks and the Priests of Saint James Cathedral.
On Monday morning, the day of the feast of the Holy Spirit, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Church of the Holy Trinity in the Patriarchate’s Monastery on Zion hill, by His Eminence Archbishop Nectarios of Anthedona with the co-celebration of Archimandrites Klaudios and Ieronymos, Priest Nectarios and Hierodeacon Dositheos. The chanting was delivered by Hierodeacon Simeon and the Patriarchal School Students, as the service was attended by many faithful Christians and the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Mr Evangelos Vlioras.
The Divine Liturgy was followed by a procession to David’s Tomb and the Upper Room where the prayers of the kneeling service were read at the chapel of the Holy Zion in the catacomb on the east side of the Church, at the Upper Room, and supplications were offered at David’s Tomb, and in front of the cemetery gate for the repose of the souls of the departed.
The Episcopal Entourage and the congregation were offered a reception by the Managing Director of the School, Archimandrite Mattheos.