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TONSURE OF NEW MONK AT THE PATRIARCHATE

On the morning of Saturday the 8th/21st of December 2013, His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, following a decision by the Holy and Sacred Synod, conducted the monastic initiation of novice Panayiotis Kyriakopoulos, serving at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection, renaming him Polycarpos. The tonsure took place at the chapel of the Pentecost, within the Patriarchate.

Present at the tonsure rite were the Elder Sacristan of the All-holy Church of the Resurrection, His Eminence Isidoros, Archbishop of Hierapolis, as well as other Elders and Hagiotaphite Fathers.

After the rite, His Beatitude addressed Fatherly advice to the tonsured monk f. Polycarpos, urging him to continue with patience, humbleness and serenity his diaconate at the Holy Sepulcher so as to provide an Orthodox Hagiotaphite testament and soon prove himself worthy of the honour bestowed upon him by the Holy and Sacred Synod, namely his ordination to the rank of hierodeacon.

From the Secretariat-General




THE FEAST OF ST NIKOLAS AT THE PATRIARCHATE

On Thursday the 6th/19th of December 2013, the feast of St Nikolas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra, Lycia, was celebrated at the church dedicated to him in the town of Bet-Jala, which lies between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, to the right of Rachel’s tomb on the way from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.

In this town, which numbers approximately fifteen thousand inhabitants, Christians and Muslims alike, the Patriarchate has always maintained a Greek Orthodox Arab-speaking community (Rum Orthodox), of about seven thousand members.

To this community, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, arrived on the morning of the aforementioned day, and was received at the hegoumen’s quarters by Archimandrite f. Narkissos.

From there, His Beatitude proceeded to the Church of St Nikolas, where he was welcomed by priests at the entrance.

His Beatitude led the Matins service and the Divine Liturgy. Co-officiating were the Patriarchal Commissioner, the Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias; the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina; the Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem, His Eminence Theophylaktos, Archbishop of Jordan; and the Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop of Lydda; the vicar priests of Bet-Jala, fathers Nikolaos, Georgios, Joseph and Paul; Archdeacon f. Evlogios and deacon f. Martyrios. The church choir chanted in the Byzantine style under the direction of Mr Ibrahim Karkar, in the presence of a great crowd of Orthodox faithful.

To this congregation His Beatitude preached the Word of God. This is an excerpt from His speech:

[…] “The great, indeed, gift that the Lord offered through His incarnate presence in the world, is the peace and the light of His theognosia, the knowledge of God. And Christ came”, says the Apostle Paul, “and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near” (Ephes. 2, 17). And Jesus Christ says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn, 8, 12).

It is precisely of this light and peace of the mystery of the divine economy that our father Nikolaos became both a communicant and a teacher. […]

In other words, St Nikolas proved himself to be a true disciple of Christ, namely an apostle and preacher of His Gospel in the example of the Apostle Paul, who says:  “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (II Cor. 4, 5-6).

And this we say, my dears, because our holy Hierarch had been in word and deed a fervent guardian and advocate of the pure and healthy teaching of the Gospel, which is the proper and salvaging, or better said, the healing faith of the one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; of the faith, we repeat, which was clearly inscribed by the Fathers of the Church, successors of the holy apostles, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, in the first Ecumenical Synod which convened in Nicaea, Asia Minor, in 325 AD, under the great and pious emperor St Constantine the  Equal of the Apostles.

During this Ecumenical Synod, as is well known, Bishop Nikolaos of Myra, Lycia, bravely opposed the heretical teachings of Arius who in essence denied the divinity of the incarnate Logos, our Lord, Jesus Christ, from the pure blood of the Ever Virgin Mary. For this reason, St Nikolas was named the Canon of the Orthodox Faith, namely the Christian faith.”[…]

A great crowd proceeded to receive the holy Communion and the antidoron from the hands of His Beatitude, along with His blessings.

At the conclusion of the divine Liturgy, a procession took place around the Church and in the chapel of St Nikolas, specifically a cavern underneath the Church.

A reception followed at the hall of the Church, where the Patriarchal retinue and others were hosted to lunch offered by the hegoumen and the Bet-Jala Community Council.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/yIxJQ0SM2Ls




THE FEAST OF HOSIOS SAVVAS THE SANCTIFIED

On Wednesday the 5th/18th of December 2013, the feast of our Father, hosios Savvas the Sanctified, was observed.

In accordance with the order of the Church of Jerusalem, the feast was celebrated at the monastery founded by him and named after him, built on the west bank of Cedars stream which flows from Jerusalem at some distant to the Dead sea.

It is a three-day feast which begins with the commemoration of our Father, hosios John Damascene.

In memory of the aforementioned hosios and on the day of the commemoration of St Barbara the Great-Martyr, the Vespers and divine Liturgy were held in the chapel of St Savvas Monastery, wherein also lies his abode and grave.

His Eminence Theophanes, Archbishop of Gerassa, led the Vespers in the previous evening and also the Matins and the divine Liturgy on the day of the feast.

His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, arrived for the commemoration of Hosios Savvas on the eve of the feast.

His Beatitude was warmly received by the Fathers of the Monastery at the entrance, where he wore a mantle and descended the steps to the grave of the hosios, before entering the Katholikon.

There, a brief address was made by the Monastery’s spiritual father and renovator, Archimandrite f. Evdokimos, followed by His Beatitude’s blessing.

Reception followed at the Hegoumen’s quarters, and brief repose.

At around 8:00 pm, the vigil began of the Small Compline, the Salutations of the Saint and the Great Vespers, with Opening Psalms and Bread Breaking, led by His Beatitude. Repose followed for those unable to endure the toil of sleeplessness.

At around 2:00 am, His Beatitude led the Matins and the divine Liturgy. Co-officiating were the Most Reverend Platon, Metropolitan of Theodosioupolis of the Russian Church; His Eminence Theophanes, Archbishop of Gerassa; the Elder Secretary Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina; the Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem, His Eminence Theophylaktos, Archbishop of Jordan; the Very Reverend Archimandrite Evdokimos; Hagiotaphite Fathers, i.e. Archimandrites Paisios, Ieronymos, Ignatios; Sinai Fathers Paisios, Simon and Philotheos; the recently appointed Archdeacon f. Evlogios and others. The choir chanted under the direction of the head cantor of the Church of the Resurrection, Archimandrite f. Aristovoulos, in Greek and Russian, and the Hegoumen of Accra, Archimandrite f. Philotheos, in the company of Arab-speaking attendants and assistants. A great crowd of monks and Arab-speaking Orthodox faithful from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Shepherds Village and Bet-Jala participated with piety.

During the Koinonikon, His Beatitude preached the Word of God referring to hosios Savvas the Sanctified as having offered the gifts of his virtue to the incarnate Lord, as an example for us, to offer the gifts of our piety to the Lord during the feast of Christmas. F. Joseph Hodalis translated into Arabic.

Many among the faithful, having duly prepared themselves, received the holy Communion and consecrated bread from the hands of His Beatitude, along with His blessings.

Lunch followed, during which His Beatitude wished everyone a joyful and peaceful feast by the mediation of hosios Savvas and all the Saints.

Subsequently, His Beatitude left His Eminence Theophanes, Archbishop of Gerassa at the Holy Monastery for the feast of St Nikolas, and passing by the Holy Monastery of Abba Theodosios for veneration, arrived in Jerusalem, praising God for this glorious feast.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/JJjOI5JjBxE




THE FEAST OF ST CATHERINE THE GREAT MARTYR AT THE PATRIARCHATE

On Sunday the 25th of November/8th of December 2013, the Patriarchate observed the feast of St Catherine, the great-martyr and most wise, who suffered a martyr’s death in Alexandria, in the name of Christ.

This year, because of the unsafe situation in Sinai desert, it was not possible for a delegation of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem to travel to the Patriarchal Holy Monastery of St Catherine in Sinai. Instead, the feast was celebrated at the Monastery of St Catherine in the Christian quarter near the Patriarchate. There, the Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop of Lydda, led the Vespers and the divine Liturgy on the day of the feast. Co-officiating were Hagiotaphite Hieromonks and deacons, in the presence of Orthodox faithful, monks and laymen from Jerusalem, as well as pilgrims, whilst Hagiotaphite Fathers chanted with students of the Patriarchal School who arrived after the conclusion of the divine Liturgy at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection.

In the course of the divine Liturgy, His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem arrived, in the company of Hagiotaphite Fathers, to venerate.

At the conclusion of the divine Liturgy, the Hegoumen, Archimandrite f. Dositheos, hosted a reception for the Prelatic Retinue and all those present, at the Hegoumen’s quarters.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/5AYF4GL8CIA




THE ENTRY OF THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE CELEBRATED AT THE PATRIARCHATE

On Wednesday, the 21st of November/4th of December 2013, the Entry of Theotokos into the Temple was celebrated at the Patriarchate, commemorating the entry of the Blessed Mary into the temple of Solomon and the Holy of Holies, as well as her preparation there for the role intended for her by God, namely the incarnation of the Son and Word of God by the Holy Spirit through herself.

The feast was celebrated in the Church of Sts Constantine and Helena of the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood, led by His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, who opened the “Christ is born, praise” hymns.

The same feast was festively celebrated at the Convent of the Great Panaghia, which today numbers approximately twenty nuns. His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop of Lydda, led the Vespers and the divine Liturgy on the day of the feast. Co-officiating were Hieromonks and Deacons, in the presence of a crowd of pious faithful including pilgrims and nuns. The head cantor of the Church of the Resurrection, Archimandrite f. Aristovoulos, chanted in Greek, Russian and Arabic.

The Hegoumen of the Sacred Pilgrimage of the Shepherds’ Field, serving as vicar in the Convent, Archimandrite Ignatius, preached the Word of God to the pious congregation, describing the entry of Theotokos into the Temple as the “prelude to God’s favour and the declaration of the salvation of man, and the annunciation of Christ and Theotokos towards the fulfillment of God’s economy”.

During the divine Liturgy, His Beatitude Theophilos and his retinue of Hagiotaphite members arrived in the church to venerate.

At the end of the divine Liturgy, the Mother Superior, nun Melanie hosted a reception for the Prelatic retinue and the congregation, at the abbess’ quarters.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/5k741Xtlpr4




“THYRANOIXIA” OF HOLY SEPULCHER EXARCHY IN NICOSIA

On the evening of Thursday the 15th/28th of November 2013, the “thyranoixia” ceremony, namely the opening of the doors, of the Holy Sepulcher Exarchy took place in the vicinity of the Archbishopric of Cyprus, in Nicosia.

The ceremony coincided with the eve of the commemoration of St Philoumenos the Hieromartyr, who suffered at martyr’s death near Jacob’s Well in 1979. By decision of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, St Philoumenos is commemorated on the day of his martyrdom, namely the 16th/29th of November each year.

The Exarchy of the All-Holy Sepulcher was erected almost from ruins and maintained owing to the approval of His Beatitude Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Cyprus, upon the blessing, support and protection of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, the tireless efforts of the Most Reverend Timotheos, Metropolitan of Bostroi and Patriarchal representative to Cyprus, at the expense of pious benefactors – mostly the significant subvention of Mr Igor Altushkin, pious pilgrim.

Leading the ceremony of “thyranoixia” was the Most Reverend Metropolitan Timotheos, in the presence of the Reverend Gregorios, Bishop of Mesaoria; the Hagiotaphite Hegoumen of the Monastery of the Shepherds in Bet Sahur, Archimandrite Ignatius, acting as a representative of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, and carrying a piece from the holy relics of St Philoumenos the Hieromartyr –the main church of the Exarchy being dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord, its chapel to St Philoumenos; the Most Reverend Chrysostomos, Metropolitan of Kyrenia, the Greek Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr Vasilios Papaioannou, representatives of the Nicosia Mayoralty, and a great crowd.

On the following day, Friday the 16th/29th of November 2013, the divine Liturgy was held, led by the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Bostroi. Co-officiating were Archimandrite Ignatius and priests from the Archbishopric and Bishoprics of Cyprus.

During the opening of the doors as well as in the course of the Divine Liturgy, the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Bostroi thanked the Lord for deeming us worthy to reach the “thyranoixia” ceremony, the Archbishopric of Cyprus, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, benefactors, and the attending crowd, wishing that the inauguration ceremony be held soon in order for the Exarchy to operate fully as the link between two ancient apostolic Churches, those of Jerusalem and Cyprus, for the benefit of the two Churches and pious Cypriot pilgrims alike.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/pZrbZj8THSc




THE FEAST OF ST PHILOUMENOS THE HIEROMARTYR AT THE PATRIARCHATE

On Thursday the 15th/28th of November 2013, the Hieromartyr Saint Philoumenos the Hagiotaphite was commemorated one day in advance due to pastoral reasons.

The feast was celebrated at Jacob’s Well, where the then Hegoumen, Archimandrite Philoumenos, had suffered a martyr’s death on the 16th/29th of November 1979. Following a decision in 2009 of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Saint’s martyrdom was added to the Synaxarion of Hieromartyrs (Martyrology).

His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, led the divine Liturgy on the morning of the aforementioned day. Co-officiating were the Most Reverend Kyriakos, Metropolitan of Nazareth; the Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem, His Eminence Theophylaktos, Archbishop of Jordan; and the Most Reverend Isaiah, Metropolitan of Tamassos and Orinis, visiting from the Church of Cyprus. The liturgy was held in the presence of a crowd of local Orthodox faithful from the region of Samaria but also from Jerusalem, and pilgrims from Greece, Russia, Romania as well as a group from Cyprus, led by the Metropolitan of Tamassos, Isaiah. The choir chanted under the direction of the Head Cantor of the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection, Archimandrite Aristovoulos, in Greek, Arabian and Russian.

During the Koinonikon of the divine Liturgy, His Beatitude preached the Word of God in Greek. This is an excerpt from His speech:

[…] Christ’s martyrs occupy a prominent position in the ranks of saints of the Church. And this because their blood, shed for the light of truth in Christ, has made them communicants of Christ’s redeeming blood, “who hath purchased the church of God, with his own blood”, (Acts 20, 28). After all, those without hope, and without God in the world, according to the wise Paul, “who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ…consequently, they are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household”, (Eph. 2, 12-19).

In other words, my dears, the blood of the martyrs is what has made them fellow citizens of the first-born saints and members of Christ’s household. And this is exactly what the memory of the holy martyrs calls upon us, to become fellow citizens of the saints and members of Christ’s household. “Have you honoured the martyr by presence? Honour him, too by correction of kin. Because to honour the martyr is to emulate the martyr”, says the Holy Chrysostom. And this because: any disorderly attachment to the body and to the vanity of this world is a burden and a weight that hinders us from running the good race, the race “marked out for us” (Hebr. 12, 1) “throwing off the burden of the living things and their concerns, and with them negligence and sloth”, says the commentator Ecumenios.

Martyr Philoumenos whom we celebrate today, having joined the cloud, namely the crowd of the martyrs of the Church of Christ, is not only a witness of this world, but keeps witnessing in heavens in favour of truth and the redeeming faith in Christ, though invisible amongst us.

The divine Liturgy was followed by lunch, hosted by the founder of the Church that stands on Jacob’s Well in the name of St Photini of Samaria, Hegoumen, Archimandrite Ioustinos.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/QCWHbViSWRw




THE FEAST OF THE HOLY ARCHANGELS AT THE PATRIARCHATE

On Thursday the 8th/21st of November 2013, the feast of the Gathering of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel was celebrated by the Patriarchate.

The feast was firstly celebrated in the city of Joppe, where the Patriarchate maintains a Holy Monastery dedicated to the Archangels by the sea, on the site where the Apostle Peter had the vision of the great sheet descending from the sky, and heard a voice telling him to kill and eat from all clean and unclean animals seen into the sheet: “Kill and eat, what God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy” (Acts, 11, 7). Through this very vision, God declared His will that the church should open its gates to the gentiles, considered unclean.

In this church, which was renovated after having been reduced to ashes in a fire, at the expenses of His Eminence Damaskinos, Archbishop of Joppe, His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, led the Divine Liturgy. His Beatitude arrived from Jerusalem with His retinue and was welcomed by the Boy Scouts Association in the square near the Monastery.

Co-officiating with His Beatitude were the Most Reverend Kyriakos, Metropolitan of Nazareth; Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana, visiting from Serbia; His Eminence Damaskinos, Archbishop of Joppe; His Eminence Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina and Elder Secretary-General; His Eminence Methodios, Archbishop of Tabor; the Patriarchal Commissioner in Bethlehem, Archbishop Theophylaktos of Jordan; His Eminence Nektarios, Archbishop of Anthedon; Hagiotaphite Hieromonks, Arab-speaking Presbyters and Hierodeacons.

The Greek Ambassador in Tel Aviv, Mr Spyridon Lambrides, piously attended the Divine Liturgy in the company of associates of his from the Embassy and a crowd of Orthodox faithful from the city of Joppe and other cities of Israel, whilst, under the direction of the Head Cantor of the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection, Archimandrite Aristovoulos, the choir chanted in Greek, Arabic, Russian and Romanian, the congregation participating piously.

To the faithful, His Beatitude preached the Word of God. This is an excerpt from His speech:

 […] These immaterial Minds, namely the angels, “are ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1, 14). The angels’ ministry is confirmed by the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, saying: “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”, (Luke 15, 10). Besides, the Melodist of our Church declares: “Let us praise the bodiless ministers of God, those who always mediate for our salvation and commend repentance”.

[…] The angels, as God’s ministering spirits, actively participate in the work of man’s salvation, as revealed through the words of Christ:“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done” (Matthew 16, 27).

The Divine Liturgy was followed by a brief reception, then lunch at the Hegoumen’s Quarters, courtesy of His Eminence Damaskinos, Archbishop of Joppe.

The feast of the Archangels was also celebrated at the Monastery dedicated to them in Jerusalem by means of Vespers and a Divine Liturgy, led by His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop of Lydda, who also preached the Word of God to the faithful.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/nESo4EydL-g




THE FEAST OF ST GEORGE THE GREAT-MARTYR IN LYDDA

On Saturday the 3rd/16th of November 2013, the feast of the translation of the relics of St George the Trophy-Bearer and Great-Martyr was celebrated in the Holy Church dedicated to him in Lydda.

The Holy Church of St George was the first to be built in his honour after the Edict of Milan was issued by St Constantine in 313 AD, by his mother St Helena who came to the Holy Land in 326 AD. St Helena built the church on the grave wherein the saint’s holy relics had been translated by his servant from Rome. In Rome St George suffered a martyr’s death after having confessed his faith in Christ, thus abandoning the Roman army to join the army of Christ’s martyrs.

This holy Church conquered the force of time and the alternation of powers in the Holy Land. It has been conferred on the basis of the building’s history and structure, half of the building has been seized to be used as a mosque.

In the remaining magnificent part of the church, on top of the tomb which has been preserved in the form of a crypt-chapel, His Beatitude Theophilos, Our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem led the Divine Liturgy. His Beatitude was welcomed by the Boy Scouts of the city of Lydda; the Hegoumen of the Holy Monastery, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Sophronios; the Greek-Orthodox Council, Majlis, and the Acting Mayor of the city of Lydda, Mr Abib Wasserman. Co-officiating were the Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Capitolias, and His Eminence the Archbishop of Joppe, Damaskinos; the Elder Secretary-General Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina; the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Archangelsk, Daniel, visiting from the Church of Russia; the Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, His Eminence Demetrios, the Archbishop of Lydda; the Exarch of the Holy Sepulcher in Constantinople, His Eminence Nektarios, the Archbishop of Anthedon; Hagiotaphite Hieromonks, the Hegoumen of Remli, Archimandrite Nephon; Arab-speaking Presbyters and Hierodeacons; the Greek Ambassador to Tel Aviv, Mr Spyridon Lambrides; the Serb Ambassador, and a great crowd of faithful from the city of Lydda and the neighbouring countries of Joppe and Remli, but also from the cities of Galilee and the occupied areas of Judea and Samaria, whilst, under the direction of the Head Cantor of the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection, Archimandrite Aristovoulos, the choir chanted in Greek, Arabic, Russian and Romanian, the congregation participating piously.

To the faithful, who had gathered to venerate the tomb of St George in piety, respect and devoutness, His Beatitude preached the Word of God during the Koinonikon of the Divine Liturgy. This is an excerpt from His speech in Greek:

[…] The festive commemoration of the martyrdom of St George, my dear brothers, as well as his time, is not the historical past; it is indeed the present and the future. And this we say in the face of an indisputable reality of displacement, of persecutions and martyric deaths of innocent children and our fellow human beings, especially our brothers in conviction and religion, both near and far from what Paul has termed our temporary stay; to this very reality the word of the Gospel can be fully applied: “in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God” (Jn: 16:2)Indeed: as if this weren’t enough, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think that not only is he not committing a crime, but that with this murder he is worshipping God. […]

In other words, the work of the devil has many times been conducted in the guise of God’s deacon and many times ferocious enemies of the truth in Christ sat “in the Temple of God”, (2 Thessalonians, 2:4)

In Arabic, the speech may be read here: https://en.jerusalem-patriarchate.info/ar/2013/11/16/2822

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Sophronios offered refreshments and pastries to the Patriarchal Retinue and the crowd, in the Hegoumen’s Quarters opposite the church. At noon, lunch was offered by the Hegoumen and the city’s Community Council at “Nandi” –Orthodox Group, in the presence of the Acting Mayor of the city of Remli, Mr Abib Wasserman; former MP, the Christian Nadia Heloue, and a representative of the Islamic Community of Remli.

There, His Beatitude addressed those present with this speech: https://en.jerusalem-patriarchate.info/ar/2013/11/16/2821

and went on to offer monetary assistance for the benefit of the Community and the Boy Scouts of the city of Lydda.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/WQhwDhVGbhI




LITURGY OF THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM IN IB’LIN AND INSTALLATION OF NEW PRIEST

On Saturday the 27th of October/9th of November 2013, His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, performed the divine Liturgy in the city of Ib’lin (Abelin), in Northern Israel, where the Patriarchate preserves a Rum Orthodox Community, numbering approximately five thousand members. The Community falls under the jurisdiction of the Holy Metropolis of Ptolemais, present-day Accra.

The liturgy was intended for the spiritual communication and collaboration between his Beatitude and His spiritual children; also, for the installation of recently ordained priest, f. Savvas Haj. Father Savvas will serve as assistant parish priest to the elder f. Spyridon, who has been serving the Community of the city of Ib’lin for several years now.

Co-officiating were the Prelates of the Patriarchate, the Most Reverend Kyriakos, Metropolitan of Nazareth, and His Eminence Theodosios, Archbishop of Sevasteia.

During the koinonikon, His Beatitude addressed the installed priest, f. Savvas, and the pious congregation. This is an excerpt from his address:

[…] To increase and establish our holy zeal, we have proceeded, upon a Synodic decision, to the appointment of two parish priests, who are to co-officiate with the venerable and grey-haired priest and Steward, Spyridon Aouad. These new labourers in our Lord’s vineyard are your fellow parishioners, the recently ordained f. Savvas, and Steward f. Demetrios, for the time being a minister in the Community of Haifa.

Let us, my dears, summon our Father, the God of lights, so that his Only Son and Word, He who is the true light, may illuminate their faces and guide their steps towards the achievement of His commandments, by means of the mediation of the Mother of God, the Ever Virgin Mary, and the supplications of the Holy Great-Martyrs, St Demetrius and George. Amen.

At the conclusion of the divine Liturgy, during a reception held in a hall next to the church, the installed priest, f. Savvas, addressed His Beatitude. In his address, f. Savvas extended his thanks for the privilege to serve as priest in his hometown of Ib’lin. In His reply, His Beatitude wished f. Savvas a fruitful diaconate ministry, endowed with hieratic consciousness, diligence and dedication.

From the Secretariat-General

httpv://youtu.be/JhUG5ybI4ro