Renovation of the Holy Monastery of John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem is pleased to undertake conservation and renovation works at the Holy Monastery of John the Baptist, semi-ruined during the 1967 war, which lies in the vicinity of the Lord’s Baptismal site in the Jordan river.

Subsidies for the project have been offered with the blessings of His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, and within the extent of his powers, by the Hegoumen of Mount Sarantarion, Archimandrite Gerasimos.

New deacon ordained at Jerusalim Patriarchate

New deacon ordained at Jerusalim Patriarchate
New deacon ordained at Jerusalim Patriarchate
New deacon ordained at Jerusalim Patriarchate
New deacon ordained at Jerusalim Patriarchate

On the night of Friday to Saturday, the 3rd to the 4th/16th to the 17th of August 2013, during the Divine Liturgy at the All-Holy and Life-Giving Sepulcher of the Lord, Templar Monk Agapios Hadjipavlis was ordained deacon by the Grand Sacristan, His Eminence Isidoros, Archbishop of Hierapolis, having as participants Brothers of the Holy Sepulcher, including the Templar Fathers, acquaintances of the ordained and a crowd of faithful.

Russian Orthodox Church sends money to Patriarchate of Antioch to help people affected by armed conflict in Syria

The Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for Church Charity and Social Service transferred 1,320,407 $ to the bank account of the Patriarchate of Antioch in the beginning of August 2013. The money was collected at the Russian Orthodox churches with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to help people affected by the military hostilities in Syria.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Panaghia Soumela

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Panaghia Soumela
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Panaghia Soumela
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Panaghia Soumela
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Panaghia Soumela

On Thursday, August 15, 2013, His All-Holiness celebrated the great feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos at the historic monastery of Panaghia Soumela in Trabzon. This is the fourth consecutive year that His All-Holiness has led an annual pilgrimage to the historical monastery since its closure nine decades ago. The monastery was founded in 386 and functioned without interruption until 1923. Among those in attendance were Bishops Seraphim of Apollonias (from Australia) and Theodosios of Brovary (from Ukraine), Armenian Archbishop Aram Atesian, clergy of the Patriarchal Court and hundreds of pilgrims from around the world.

Patronal feast celebrated in Russian monastery on Mount Athos

The Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon on Mount Athos solemnly celebrated its patronal feast. Among the participants in the celebrations was a Russian Orthodox delegation led by Metropolitan Rostislav of Tomsk and Asino. The delegation included Archbishop Onufry of Kharkov and Bogodukhov, Bishop Veniamin of Borisovka, and  Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), a DECR staff member.