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Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations visits Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem

Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations visits Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem
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21 February 2022 year 11:09

On February 19, 2022, with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, arrived in the Holy Land leading a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Hilarion is accompanied by Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, and Subdeacon Vyacheslav Li.

From the airport, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations proceeded to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.

During the night of February 29, with a blessing of His Holiness Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, Metropolitan Hilarion together with Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias (Patriarchate of Jerusalem) celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Among his concelebrants were Archpriest Nikolay Balashov; Hieromonk Dometian Markarian), deputy head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, and members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre.

The hymns were sung by sisters of the Gorneye Convent.

On February 20, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, visited the Metochion of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission with the Church of the Hoy Forefathers.

Accompanying Metropolitan Hilarion were Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman; Hieromonk Dometian (Markarian), deputy head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem; and Subdeacon Vyacheslav Li.

The guests were met by Hieromonk Amvrosiy (Ignatov), acting warden of the Metochion, who accompanied them to the Oak of Mamre, which marks the place where the three angels appeared to forefather Abraham.

After that, Metropolitan Hilarion visited the Basilica of the Nativity where he was welcomed by Archimandrite Polikarp, senior sacristan of the church. The DECR chairman venerated the relics and looked about the church after the restoration works done in the basilica with Russian contribution.

The archpastor sang Memory Eternal at the burial place of Archbishop Theophylact of Jordan who passed away in 2021. In 1989-2001, then an archimandrite, he was representative of the Patriarch of Jerusalem to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and rector of the Church of the Resurrection in Arbat, Moscow Metochion of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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