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CONDOLENCES

On the forty days after the memorable Professor Constantine Manafis slept in the Lord, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem expresses its sincere condolences to his wife, daughter and close academic associates and denotes that the departed was a distinguished Byzantine Scholar in the department of Byzantine studies at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. He also worked as a teacher of Hagiotaphite student Fathers and a close associate of the Library of the Patriarchate, and also exchanged the “Yearbook of Byzantine Studies” with the Journal “New Sion”.

The Patriarchate prays at the Horrendous Golgotha for the repose of his soul in the land of the living.

From Secretariat-General




STATEMENT OF THE PATRIARCHS AND HEADS OF CHURCHES OF JERUSALEM CONCERNING THE RECENT VIOLENCE IN JERUSALEM




TIMETABLE OF SERVICES FOR THE HOLY WEEK AT THE MONASTIC CHURCH OF SAINTS CONSTANTINE & HELEN

From April12/25 to April 20/May 3, 2021

 Palm Sunday;

Matins and Divine Liturgy of St Chrysostom at 5.00

Vespers at 15:30 

Service of the Bridegroom at 18:15 

Holy and Great Monday;

The Hours and the Pre-sanctified Liturgy at 06.30 

Great Compline at 15:30 

Service of the Bridegroom at 18:15 

Holy and Great Tuesday;

The Hours and the Pre-sanctified Liturgy at 06.30 

Great Compline at 15:30 

Service of the Bridegroom at 18:15 

 Holy and Great Wednesday;

The Hours and the Pre-sanctified Liturgy at 06.30 

Small Compline – Holy Unction at 17:00 

Holy and Great Thursday;

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at 04:30 

Service of the Passion at 18:15 

 Holy and Great Friday;

Royal Hours at 08.00 

Service of the Epitaph at 18:30 

Holy and Great Saturday;

The Hours and the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at 08:00 

Holy Pascha;

Matins & D. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at 0:40 am – after midnight

 Monday, after the Day of Pascha;

 Divine Liturgy at 08:00 

 

The Typikon Keeper of the Monastic Church

Archimandrite Alexios

 

 




TIMETABLE OF SERVICES AT THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE ON THE HOLY WEEK

From April 12/25 to April 20/May 3, 2021

 

Lazarus Saturday

Patriarchal Vespers: 15:00

Palm Sunday

Patriarchal Divine Liturgy: 08:00

Service of the Bridegroom: 18:15

Holy and Great Monday

Pre-sanctified Liturgy at the Horrendous Golgotha: 08:45

Service of the Bridegroom: 18:15

Holy and Great Tuesday

Pre-sanctified Liturgy at the Horrendous Golgotha: 09:00

Service of the Bridegroom: 18:15

 Holy and Great Wednesday
Pre-sanctified Liturgy at the Horrendous Golgotha: 09:00

Holy and Great Thursday

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at St. James Cathedral: 06:30

The Service of the Sacred Washing of the Disciples’ feet at the Holy Courtyard: 09:00

The Service of the Passion 18.15

Holy and Great Friday

The Royal Hours at the Horrendous Golgotha: 10:00 am

Patriarchal Vespers: 15:00

The Epitaph Service: 21:00

Holy and Great Saturday

The Service of the Holy Light: 13:00

The Service of the Resurrection: 12:00 midnight

Easter Sunday

The Service of the second Resurrection: 13:00

 

The Master of Ceremonies of the Patriarchate 

Archimandrite Bartholomew

 




ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE FEAST OF SAINT THEODOSIOS THE CENOBIARCH

The Website of Jerusalem Patriarchate announces that due to covid-19 restrictions the Holy Monastery of Saint Theodosios the Cenobiarch will not receive any visitors on the day of the commemoration of the Saint, Sunday 11/24 January 2021.

From Secretariat-General




SCHOLARSHIPS SCHEME BY THE GOVERNMENT OF HUNGARY

Within the framework of the scholarship scheme for the Christians of the Middle East, by the Government of Hungary, it is being announced that the Scholarships for the Academic year 2021-2022 will be managed through the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The prospective candidates should submit their application forms solely to the Patriarchate, following the instructions listed at the website shown in the announcement, by the set deadline, which is 31st January 2021.

The announcement can be read below:

To HE Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina

Your Eminence,

I have already approached you with a scholarship opportunity for Palestinian students in general in the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme.

Hungary has continuously provided scholarships to talented Palestinian students since the 1970’s among them many Christians, who are playing important roles in the Palestinian society. For the last few years, Hungary has been providing a special scholarship scheme for talented Christian students as well. Why is it different from the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship:

  • The scholarship is available for the Christian communities and churches in the Middle East.
  • The students apply with the approval of their church leaders.
  • The scholarship does not engage the local governments and authorities, the application process is happening between the students and the Government of Hungary directly.

I am pleased to inform you that the online application process for the Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People for the 2021/2022 academic year started with the deadline of 31 January 2021. The online application system for the Scholarship Programme can be accessed at https://apply.scyp.hu. The Annexes of the Call for Applications along with other documents and detailed information necessary for applying can be found on the Programme’s website: http://hungaryhelps.gov.hu/scyp/

We are at your disposal to answer any questions you may have. May you have talented students insight, I request your kind assistance in helping them in the application process.

Thank you in advance for all your efforts in this regard. 

Sincerely,

Dr Csaba Rada

Head of Mission

Representative Office of Hungary

Al Watania Towers Building, Al-Bireh, Ramallah

Tel: 00 972 2 240 7676

Fax: 00 972 2 240 7678

https://ramallah.mfa.gov.hu/eng

From Secretariat-General




PATRIARCHS AND HEADS OF CHURCHES OF JERUSALEM EXPRESS COMPASSION AND SOLIDARITY WITH LEBANESE PEOPLE

Statement of the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem on Beirut August 6th, 2020

We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem, stand aghast at the sight of the devastating and shockingly perplexing explosion that took place at the Beirut port on August 4th. The loss of life, injuries, and destruction cause our hearts to deeply ache as we mourn for this tragedy.

We stand with the people of Beirut and Lebanon as they mourn, lament and respond to this catastrophe. We join them in prayer and solidarity and call upon the nations of the world and their governments to stand with Lebanon at this difficult time of crisis on top of crisis, responding with love and care for our neighbour.

We hear the cry of the church and people of Lebanon, and call upon all people of good will to pray and support the people who are affected by this tragedy.

From Jerusalem, the Mother City of our faith and the City of the Empty Tomb, we express our deep compassion and solidarity with the people of Lebanon. May the Lord restore the fortunes of Beirut and the people of Lebanon.

The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem

+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

+Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate

+Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator, Latin Patriarchate

+Fr. Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land

+Archbishop Anba Antonious, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem

+Vicar General Father Gabriel Daho, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

+Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate

+Archbishop Yaser AL-Ayash, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate

+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate

+Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East

+Bishop Ibrahim Sani Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

+Father Ephram Samaan, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

+Rt Rev. Joseph Nersès Zabarian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate




STATEMENT OF HIS BEATITUDE PATRIARCH THEOPHILOS III ON THE STATUS OF HAGIA SOPHIA SHRINE

On Wednesday, June 25/ July 24, 2020, H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos stated the following regarding the keeping of the Status of the Church of Hagia Spophia:

 

It is with utmost seriousness that We express Our concern over recent calls from members of the Turkish government to alter the current status of the Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque.

This magnificent Byzantine Church structure, which captivates the world until today, has a history stretching even farther back into Christendom than the 6th century. Over the course of generations, the region and its people have passed through challenging times that have left painful memories. However, it has been to Turkey’s credit that for nearly 100 years it has administered the Hagia Sophia as a museum in order to maintain an extent of neutrality over the site. Subsequently, people from all over the world and from every background are able to enjoy its spiritual, architectural, and historical splendor.

Furthermore, museum status, i.e. indiscriminate accessibility, to Hagia Sophia has born fruit where there otherwise could have been further contention. Hagia Sophia today remains a symbol of tolerance. Some may find spiritual refreshment within its boundaries, others may be inspired by its testament to human accomplishment, and others may view it through individual prisms of meaning. However, this array of outcomes does the best possible justice to the site, which without question was always intended to inspire awe and to glorify Almighty God.

As stewards of sacred heritage in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, for nearly 2,000 uninterrupted years, in a land over which three Abrahamic faiths lay equal claim, We strongly attest to the fact that accessibility promotes peace and mutual respect, whereas attitudes of exclusivity promote conflict and bitterness. We hope and pray, for the benefit of all people of good will, and for Turkey as a nation with the potential to influence our entire region down a path of growth and mutual co-existence, that the present status of the Hagia Sophia is respected and preserved.

THEOPHILOS III

PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM

From Secretariat-General




THE APPEAL OF THE CHURCHES OF JERUSALEM REGARDING THE JAFFA GATE HOTELS

On Monday, June 23/July 6, 2020, the Churches of Jerusalem under the lead of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos made the following statement for rendering justice and the return of the Jaffa Gate Hotels Imperial and Petra to their rightful owner, the Rum Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem:

Joint Statement from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

We, the Heads of the various Churches and Christian Communities in Jerusalem, stand united in our commitment to the Status Quo which governs the status of the Holy Sites and the protections of the Churches. This is recognised by all the religious and political authorities in this Holy Land, and has always been upheld by the governments of our region.

The case of Jaffa Gate threatens this Status Quo. We are concerned by the recent judgment of the District Court of Jerusalem, which dismissed evidence demonstrating the Greek Orthodox Church’s case, without even examining it. We strongly support the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Church to secure justice.

We view the attempts by radical groups to secure property at Jaffa Gate as a systematic attempt to undermine the integrity of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to obstruct the Christian pilgrim route and to weaken the Christian presence. They do not only affect the Greek Orthodox Church, whose properties are at the centre of the case. This case is just part of a concerted effort by a group opposed to the Christian presence in Jerusalem to increase tensions between communities, and to harm the harmonious diversity for which Jerusalem should be known.

We ask the Israeli government to act to secure the integrity of the Christian holy sites, the Christian heritage and patrimony, and the rights of the residents of the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem.

These are places to which over two billion Christians around the world look to as the geographical heart of their faith; they are places which millions of Christian pilgrims visit each year; and they are the places in which the Christians of this shared Holy Land live out their faith. We do not see this case as a mere property dispute, but one over the entrance, heart and continued function of the Christian Quarter as a place of living worship and pilgrimage.

Together with the Prophet Amos, we cry: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

From Secretariat-General




NIKOLAOS MATAR DOES NOT BELONG TO THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM

Fr. Nikolaos Matar, Dean Priest of the Holy Church of the Nativity of Theotokos in Corona town of the State of California in the U.S.A. continues to falsely claim that he acts under the blessing and guidance of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem despite the enclosed below Release Letter, which was issued to him since the year 2018 and was posted to his canonical Ecclesiastical Authority, namely to His Eminence Bishop Antonios of Fasiani, in New York.

Protocole Number: 75

To His Eminence

Bishop of Fasiani

Mr. Antonios

Chancelor of the Holy Archdiocese

In New York

Your Eminence,

With much brotherly love I have sent to Your dearly beloved Eminence the Letter with protocole number 210/17 on 28th November 2017, regarding the case of Priest Nikolaos Matar in Corona of California at the Community of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, who refused to subdue to the spiritual guidance of His Eminence the Archbishop of America.

Taking under consideration this case at the Meeting of our Holy and Sacred Synod, I dutifully notify you, that our Patriarchate has no relation with the afore mentioned Priest since the foundation of its Vicariate in America and up to the present, and we have issued a Release Letter to him, as he was canonically ordained by the Church of Jerusalem.

I therefore enclose a copy of his Release Letter, I convey the wishes and love of His Beatitude, from the All-holy and Life Giving Tomb of the Lord, I remain.

In the Holy City of Jerusalem 9th February, 2018.

 With love in Christ,

Aristarchos

Archbishop of Constantina

Geronda Secretary-General

 

RELEASE LETTER

By this Patriarchal letter, We verify that the Reverend Father Nikolaos Matar, a priest of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, following a resolution of the Holy and Sacred Synod that was duly convened on 22 February 2018, has been canonically released from the roll of the clergy of the Patriarchate. This release was granted without prejudice or as a consequence of any ecclesiastical discipline, and Father Nikolaos Matar is free to be received into any canonical Orthodox jurisdiction without impediment.

In witness thereof, We have affixed Our seal to this Letter in the Holy City of Jerusalem, on the 19th day of March in the year of Our Lord 2018.

THEOPHILOS III

PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem denounces the exploitation of its name and its website and announces it has no relation, cooperation, nor any communication with Father Nikolaos Matar, for the information and benefit of the Orthodox Congregation in America and elsewhere and that it is not being represented by any one in America. 

From Secretariat-General