His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem solemnly arrived at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem on June 21, 2021. According to the annual tradition, on the Day of the Holy Spirit is the main holiday of the Russian church presence in the Holy Land, His Beatitude led the Divine Liturgy in the Trinity Cathedral of the Mission, writes Pravlife.
The head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, Archimandrite Alexander (Elisov), noted the peacekeeping role of the head of the Jerusalem Patriarchate in the settlement of church division in Ukrainian Orthodoxy.
“We thank Your Beatitude for your wise attitude to the disorders that have arisen on the Ukrainian land and with hope we hear the voice you raise, calling on the entire ecclesiastical plenitude in the spirit of conciliar unity to make decisions that can stop the suffering of millions of Orthodox people in Ukraine, faithful to the Holy Canonical Church” – said Archimandrite Alexander.
The head of Russian church diplomacy in Jerusalem thanked Patriarch Theophilos for his constant paternal attention and prayers for the needs of the world, offered up at the Holy Sepulcher. As a gift to His Beatitude, Archimandrite Alexander gave the dikiri and triciri. Then a festive reception was arranged for the participants in the service.