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The holy foot washing ceremony in the Orthodox Church is observed on Holy and Great Thursday (Maundy Thursday), which will occur on Thursday May 2, 2013. The holy service of foot washing is a piouis ceremony normally performed by a Metropolitan Bishop or an Abbot in Eastern Orthodox Churches. During the service Bishop washes the feet of twelve priests and the abbot performs the ceremony with twelve members of his brotherhood in his monastery. This ceremony occurs towards the end of the Divine Liturgy.
Depiction of the Orthodox Foot Washing Ceremony on Maundy Thursday; courtesy George Alexander
Immediately following Holy Communion, the priest or the brotherhood member's willl move in a procession to the spot where the ceremony will take place, usually in the center of the nave, in the narthex, or a location outside. Psalms, hymns, litany are recited and the prayer is read by the bishop or abbot. St Johns chapter is then read by the The deacon reads from St. Johns but stops where the dialogue between Jesus and Peter begins. Senior ranking clergy will speak the words of St Peter whereas then words of Jesus Christ will be spoken by the
The Armenian Orthodox community in Holy Land celebrates Christmas, the Nativity of Jesus Christ on January 18th and on January 19th (Feast of the Epiphany) of January every year. They are the last ones to celebrate Christmas among any Christian communities. The Armenian Church in the Holy land uses old calendar which has a difference of twelve days.
Prayers and Celebrations
On January 17th, the Armenian Patriarch, His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, his Priests and the faithful, travels from Mar Elias Monastery in Jerusalem to Bethlehem, where, according to local tradition, they will meet the city's new first ever female mayor, Vera Baboun, at Manger Square and then enter the Church of Nativity for the elaborate and colourful ceremonies.
The Patriarch makes his entry to the Church lead and honoured by the Armenian Scout procession, whereas Priests, Seminarians and the faithful sing Armenian hymns. Liturgy and serves inside the Church last until next day, January 18.
Armenian families dine pilaf and fish and attend Nativity Liturgy at Saint James church at the Saint James Convent in Jerusalem. The service so unique that the only light available is from the hanging oil lamps.
So you are never late to attend the Nativity of our Lord, pack your bags get ready for the Armenian Orthodox Christmas!!!
To learn more about the Armenian Celebration of Christmas read an article tit
The Armenians Orthodox are the oldest Christian community in the in Holy land and date backs to the very early Christian period prior to the conversion of Armenian King Tirdard III in the year 301 A.D. In the year 254 A.D. Bishops of the Armenian Church, along with Prelates of Greek Orthodox Churches in Jerusalem, Alexandria, Egypt were actively involved in discovering and confirming the places related to the holy ministry of Jesus Christ and made all necessary arrangements to preserve these historic sites. The Armenians also showed great enthusiasm in discovering and restoring relic of the true cross.
The Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusa
The Monastery Compound which held the Tree of Jesus Cross
The Monastery of the Cross is a Georgian Orthodox Monastery situated in th Holy Land. This monastery is situated near the Nahlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem, and located at the Valley of the Cross, below the Israel Museum and the Knesset.
History of the Georgian Greek Monastery
The Monastery was built in the 11th century by Georgian Giorgi-Prokhore of Shavsheti. during the rule of King Bagrat IV. The place where monastery is situated was granted by Constantine the Great,to king Mirian III of Kartli after the conversion of his kingdom to Christianity in 327 A.D. The place was originally consecrated in 4th century as per the instruction of Constantine the Great. It is believed that the monastery is constructed at the burial place of Adams head even though two other places claim to be the location. The tree from which the cross which Jesus Christ was crucified was taken from this place.
The Monastery was sold to Greece in 1885 due to heavy debt an is presently under the ownership of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
The Monastery has a library which holds several Georgian manuscripts. Some of the survived manuscripts are preserved in Mount Sinai, Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Saint Petersburg, Vienna, Paris, London and Washington.
Tree for Jesus Cross