Address of welcome to the president of the Ukraine His Excellency Petro Poroshenko to the Patriarchate25. December 2015 - 14:48
Your Excellency, Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Presidential Entourage,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this season of preparation for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, we welcome you warmly to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. You have come to the Mother of all the Churches, and the Patriarchate has a long history of playing an important role. For we represent not ourselves; we represent the entire Christian world.
On Thursday, the 4th/17th of December 2015, the memory of St Savva the Sanctified was observed at the chapel dedicated to his name within the Monastery of the Archangels, at a short distance to the north of the Patriarchate.
Archimandrites Claudius, hegoumen at the Monastery of the Holy Cross, and Paisios, hegoumen at the Monastery of the Prophet Elias, and father Nikiforos officiated at Vespers and the divine Liturgy. Nuns sang as a congregation of monks and nuns attended the service on the invitation and hospitality of His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop of Lydda, Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod.
Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning.
His Holiness John X of – Patriarch Antioch and All East met with His Holiness Igantius Aphrem II- Patriarch of Antioch and All East and Supreme Primate of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church in Latakia. Both Primates exchanged warm greetings at one of the monasteries in Latakia. They also visited the monastery embroidery unity that makes Orthodox Liturgical vestments. High level delegation from both Churches discussed the situation in Syria Iraq and the entire Middle East.
Sunday, the 30th of November/13th of December 2015, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, accompanied by the Most Reverend Joachim, Metropolitan of former Zambia, arrived in Nazareth, Galilee. There, in the town square, Patriarch Theophilos lit up the Christmas tree, extending wishes for a happy New Year. Attending the ceremony were Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth, the town’s priests, the Chairwoman of the Board of the Greek Orthodox Arabic-speaking Community, the Mayor, the Director of the Office of Christian Affairs at Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, representatives of other Churches and Community Services, and a crowd of approximately 10.000. The Patriarch addressed those present in Arabic.