Russian Ecclesiastical
Mission in Jerusalem
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

160 years since the consecration of the first Russian church in Jerusalem

On June 15/28, at the invitation of the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem as part of the Moscow Patriarchate Archimandrite Vassian (Zmeev), Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky) Head of the REM of the Russian Church Abroad, took part in a festive service dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the consecration of the house church of the REM in honor of the Holy Martyr Alexandra.

The church of the Martyr Alexandra was consecrated in 1864 by a hierarch of the Greek Patriarchate, Metropolitan Meletius of Petra.

The Divine Liturgy was led by the General Secretary of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, Archbishop Aristarchus of Constantine. The heads of both Missions concelebrated with the archbishop along with the clergy of the Mission and the Greek Patriarchate.

At the end of the Liturgy, Bishop Aristarchus in his sermon emphasized the importance of maintaining faith in a union of peace. Then a congratulatory letter of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus' was read.

Following the service, a festive meal was offered. During the meal, Archbishop Aristarchus recalled three Russian ascetics that he had met in the Holy Land: the confessor of the Holy Ascension Monastery of Olives, Archimandrite Methodius (Popovich + 1997), the abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Forefathers in Hebron, Father Ignatius (Raksha + 1986) and the abbess of the Gornensky Convent, Mother Georgia (Shchukina + 2022).