The Feast of St Savva the Sanctified at the Monastery of the Archangels, Jerusalem

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

After 2,000 years, Christians in Gaza disappearing

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.

Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Latakia

Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Latakia
Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Latakia
Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Latakia
Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Latakia

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.

The Patriarch of Jerusalem lights up The Christmas tree in Nazarteh

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.

Pastoral visit of The Patriarch of Jerusalem to Jordan

A. Visit to Fhes

On Friday the 28th of November/11th of December 2015, H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, crossed the Jordan River bridge near the site of the Baptismal of the Lord and arrived at the town of Fhes, a suburb of Amman, Jordan. He was accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos; the Patriarchate’s liaison with Arabic-speaking Media, f. Isla Musleh; and Archdeacon Evlogios.