June 15, 2011

Pentecost Celebrated on Holy Zion in Jerusalem

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated the day after Holy Pentecost in the Church of Mount Zion with the Great Vespers for the Monday of the Holy Spirit (June 13, 2011). Archbishop Theophanos of Gerasim celebrated and read the "kneeling" prayers in both Greek and Arabic.

Holy Zion is considered the site where many events described in the New Testament took place, such as:

- the Washing of the Feet
- some resurrection appearances of Jesus
- the gathering of the disciples after the Ascension of Jesus
- the election of Saint Matthias as apostle
- the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost

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