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Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem: our unity is critically important, for it is both a fruit and a testimony of the truth of God

On June 21, 2021, the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem was visited by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine. On the day of the Holy Spirit, the Primate of the Jerusalem Orthodox Church led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Trinity Cathedral of the Mission, the website of the DECR ROC writes.

Addressing the participants of the reception, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos said: “We have clearly shown the unity of our Orthodox Church in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. This unity, which is expressed in communion from the common Chalice, is the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and ruler of the whole life of the Church. This is how we live today in the same undivided unity given to the Church at Pentecost. ”

“Our unity – the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost – is critically important, for our very unity is both the fruit and the testimony of the truth of God. <…> All of us, Orthodox believers, as well as the leaders of our Orthodox Churches, have a duty to surrender ourselves to obedience to the unity of the Holy Spirit. In a world torn apart by human divisions, fear, prejudice and selfishness, the Church must live a different life if we want to be able to carry out our mission, ”he said.

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