Category Archives: Russian Orthodox

Orthodox Services in Jerusalem AND Bethlehem

KEY: (W) = Winter (S) = Summer

Armenian

Church Sundays Weekdays
St.James Cathedral
Armenian Orth. Patr. Rd.
Tel: 02-6282331
6.30 am Morning Prayer
8.30 am Liturgy twice a month
3.00 pm Vespers
6.30 am Morning Prayer
3.00 pm Vespers
8.00 am Liturgy Sat.
Holy Sepulchre
Tel: 02-6284347
8.45 am Liturgy (W) twice a month
9.45 am Liturgy (S) twice a month
4.15 pm Procession (W)
5.15 pm Procession (S)
3.30 am Liturgy (W)
4.30 am Liturgy (S)
4.15 pm Procession Fri.+ Sat.(W)
5.15 pm Procession Fri.+ Sat. (S)
Tomb of Mary, Gethsemane
Tel: 02-6284054
Phone before Phone before
Nativity Bethlehem
Rel: 02-2742410
9.00 am Liturgy (W) – 10.00 am (S) 8.00 am Liturgy (W) – 9.00 am (S)
Coptic

Church Sundays Weekday
St.Anthony Patriarchate (9th Station)
Tel: 02-6272645
5.30 am Liturgy Sat.
St. Mary’s Church 5.30 am Liturgy Mon.
St. Helen’s Church 5.30 am Liturgy Tues.
Tomb of Mary, Gethsemane 7.30 am Liturgy Wed.+ Fri. (W)
8.30 am Liturgy Wed.+ Fri. (S)
Holy Sepulchre 7.00 am Liturgy (W) – 8.00 am (S) 6.00 am Liturgy Wed. + Fri. (W)
7.00 am Liturgy Wed. + Fri. (S)
2.30 pm Vespers Sat. (W)
4.00 pm Vespers Sat. (S)
St.George’s Monastery
Mar Girges Street
5.30 am Liturgy Thurs.
ETHIOPIAN

Church Sundays Weekday
Deir el Habes
8th Station – Tel. 02-6282848
Phone before Phone before
Deir es Sultan
Roof of H. Sepulchre
Tel: 02-6280326
4.00 am Matins (W) – 5.00 am (S)
6.00 am Liturgy (W) – 7.00 am (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S)
4.00 am Matins (W) – 5.00 am (S)
6.00 am Liturgy (not every day) (W)
7.00 am Liturgy (not every day) (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) 5.00 pm (S)
Däbrä Gännät Monastery
Ethiopia Street 10
Tel: 02-6286871
4.00 am Matins (W) – 5.00 am (S)
6.00 am Liturgy (W) – 7.00 am (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S)
4.00 am Matins (W) – 5.00 am (S)
6.00 am Liturgy (not every day) (W)
7.00 am Liturgy (not every day) (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S)
SYRIAN

Church Sundays Weekdays
St. Mark’s Church
Tel: 02-6283304
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S) 8.30 am Liturgy Fri. (W) – 9.30 am (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S)
Holy Sepulchre 8.30 am Liturgy (W) – 9.30 am (S)
Tomb of Mary, Gethsemane 8.00 am Liturgy Wed.(W)-7.30 am (S)
Romanian

Church Sundays Weekdays
Shivtei Israel Str. 46
Tel: 02-6264628
8.30 am Liturgy
7.00 pm Vespers
7.00 am Matins – Mon.-Fri.
8.30 am Liturgy Sat.
7.00 pm Vespers
Greek

Church Sundays Weekdays
Holy Sepulchre
Tel: 02-6284202
7.00 am Orthros (W) – 8.00 am (S) 11.00 pm Liturgy (W) – 12.00 mn. (S)
St. James Cathedral
Parvis H. Sepulchre
Tel: 02-6289112
9.30 am Liturgy (W/S) Phone before
St. Constantine Convent
Greek Orth. Patriarchate
Tel: 02-6282048
5.00 am Liturgy (W)
6.00 am Liturgy (S)
5.00 am Liturgy (W)
6.00 am Liturgy (S)
Tomb of Mary, Gethsemane
Tel. 02-6274054
Phone before Phone before
St. Michel Archangel
St. Francis Street
Tel: 02-6276411
Phone before 7.00 am Liturgy Mon. + Sat. (W)
8.00 am Liturgy Mon. + Sat. (S)
St. John the Baptist
Christian Quarter Road
Tel: 02-6436297; Cell. 0544865063
Phone before Phone before
St. Charalambos
Khanqa Road, 8th Station
Mob. 0545832567
Phone before Phone before
St. Nicholas (near the Patriarchate) Will be updated. Will be updated.
St. Spyridion
Jabsheh Road – Cell. 0545670625
Phone before Phone before
St. Catherine, Rusul Street
Cell. 0543487849
Phone before Phone before
St. Theodoros, Casa Nova St.
Cell. 0549759540
Phone before Phone before
St. Anna, St. Stephen’s Gate
Cell. 0544628103
Phone before Phone before
Praetorium, Via Dolorosa
Tel: 02-6281786
Phone before Phone before
Panagia Sydnaya
Sayide Road – Tel: 02-6285356; Cell. 0544364157
Phone before Phone before
St. Efthymios, Rusul Street
Tel. 02-6277121
Phone before Phone before
St. Simeon Katamon
Bnei Betera Street, Tel: 02-6790477
6.00 am Liturgy (W)
7.00 am Liturgy (S)
Phone before
Nativity Bethlehem
Tel: 02-2748649
7.00 am Liturgy (W)
8.00 am Liturgy (S)
6.30 am Liturgy (W)
7.30 am Liturgy (S)
Russian

Church Sundays Weekdays
St. Alexander Nefsky
25, Dabbagha Street, Tel: 02-6274952
Phone before 6.30 am Liturgy Thurs.
St. Mary Magdalene
Gethsemane
Tel: 02-6284371
7.30 am Liturgy (W) – 8.30 am (S)
4.30 pm Vespers (W) – 5.30 pm (S)
6.30 am Liturgy (W) – 7.30 am (S)
4.30 pm Vespers (W) – 5.30 pm (S)
Ascension Convent
Tel: 02-6284373
6.30 am Liturgy (W) – 7.30 am (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S)
6.30 am Liturgy (W) – 7.30 am (S)
4.00 pm Vespers (W) – 5.00 pm (S)
Russian – Moscow Mission

Church Sundays Weekdays
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Russian Compound
Tel: 02-6252565;
Tel: +972 (0)2-6252565, Fax: +972 (0)2-6256325
Cell. +972 (0)54 6857278 (Sr. Ekaterina)
9.00 am Liturgy Saturday 8.00 am Liturgy
5.00 pm Vespers Sat.

Russian Compound

Russian Compound

One of the oldest sections of central Jerusalem, the Russian Compound includes the massive, striking Holy Trinity Church and several other buildings and courtyards. The compound, which is located off Jaffa Road just up from Zion Square, was constructed in the 1860’s. Map.

After the State of Israel was established, the Israeli government bought most of the buildings from the Russian Patriarchate. Today the compound houses Jerusalem’s district courthouse and the police headquarters, and the area is a happening restaurant and pub district.

Russian Compound
Russian Compound

About 100 years ago, the Russian Compound served the needs of Russian pilgrims to the Holy Land, many of whom stayed in its hostels. That was good while it lasted; however, when World War I broke out, the Ottoman authorities expelled the Russians. Then, when the British captured the city, they used the area for various administrative offices.

Russian Compound
Russian Compound

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem

At the end of the 1850s the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission temporary resided in the Monastery of the Archangel that was granted to it by the Church of Jerusalem. The number of pilgrims increased, and in order to provide better care for people coming to the Holy Land the Mission’s direction purchased in 1860 several pieces of land to the north-east of the Old City. Map.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem

The location for the compound, which offered accommodations for 2,000 pilgrims, was chosen because of its proximity to the Old City and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Eventually, as Russian influence declined, the buildings were converted for other uses; they now house the Jerusalem police station, among other institutions.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Jerusalem

The recently restored church welcomes visitors every morning (except Mondays) until 1:00 P.M. The whole surface of its interior main hall and dome and two aisles is painted an inspiring celestial blue with salmon accents and numerous depictions of saints.

St. Alexander Nefsky Church

St. Alexander Nefsky Church in Jerusalem 6
St. Alexander Nefsky Church in Jerusalem

The Russian Orthodox church property catered for Russian pilgrims in the 19th century, but when they did archaeological excavations, they found ancient buildings preserved under the rubble. It is claimed that this is the site of the 1st century city wall of Jerusalem, that it is by these ancient walls that Jesus would have passed on his way to Calvary/Golgotha – the scriptures are clear that he was crucified “outside” the city, though the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is within the boundaries of the modern walled city – and that outside the Gate of Judgement which was in the wall in this vicinity and through which Jesus would have passed, his sentence would have been read out before it was carried out. Map.

Remnants of the emperor Constantine‘s original 4th-century Holy Sepulchre church can be seen inside a Russian Orthodox church that is a next-door neighbor of the present Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Church of St Alexander Nevsky – named after a 13th-century Russian warrior-prince – is often overlooked because its facade resembles an elegant residence or hotel rather than a church.

The tall and narrow facade, with solid security doors bearing notices in Russian, is about 70 meters from the entrance to the Holy Sepulchre courtyard.

Excavations here in 1883 – before the church was built – attracted worldwide attention, leading to the site becoming known as the “Russian Excavations”.

St. Alexander Nefsky Church in Jerusalem
St. Alexander Nefsky Church in Jerusalem

Particular attention focused on the discovery of a gate threshold believed by the excavators to belong to the Judgement Gate by which Jesus left the city on the way to the hill of Calvary (now contained within the Holy Sepulchre church). Modern archaeologists consider the gate probably dates from the 2nd century.

The excavators also uncovered remains of the easternmost parts of Constantine’s 4th-century church, including the wide staircase that led to the church entrance.

As New Testament scholar Jerome Murphy-O’Connor put it, what was found “corresponds exactly to the eastern end of the Constantinian Holy Sepulchre as depicted in the sixth-century Madaba Map”.