Sunday, June 7, 2015

Church of All the Saints of the Holy Land and Russia


This beautiful church in Ein Kerem is called the Church of All the Saints of the Holy Land and Russia.
(You can click two separate times to enlarge any of the pictures.)

And today, on the Byzantine liturgical calendar, it is Sunday of All Saints.

The Divine Liturgy for the Feast of All Saints of the Holy Land took place this morning at the church of the same name within the Gorny Convent.

 Russians built the convent in 1871 but the big church was "on hold" for over a century.
Just a few years ago it was finally finished, complete with golden domes.
It looks out over my beloved Jerusalem Hills.

Read more about this Sunday at the Greek Orthodox website, including this nice summary:
In this celebration, then, we the pious reverently honour and call blessed all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. All these, as well as the orders of the Angels, and especially our most holy Lady and Queen, the Ever-virgin Theotokos Mary, do we honour today, setting their life before us as an example of virtue, and entreating them to intercede in our behalf with God, Whose grace and boundless mercy be with us all. Amen.
More pictures of the Russian Orthodox nuns and the several churches at the Gorny Convent in my earlier posts.
And speaking of Russian Orthodox nuns, good Sister Dr. Vassa has started sharing whatever insights come to her during her morning reflections on how to make improvements in her and our spiritual life and life in general.  Very helpful, even for me, a non-Christian!
Just go to and type in Vassa Larin.
Her posts are public and you do not need to have a Facebook account to see them.

UPDATE June 9: The Moscow Patriarchate just published their photos from the feast day at the church in Gorny Convent, with the arrival of an icon from Mt. Athos. 
(Linking to OurWorld Tuesday and to the bloggers' meme for churches around the world, inSPIRED Sunday.)


VP said...

A beautiful church... and I am quite sure I have already seen this bench!

Gerard Michaud said...

A very beautiful church.

Birdman said...

Ever see Putin worshipping here. I didn't think so. GRIN.

Patsy said...

It is a beautiful church and thank you for
sharing this with us today.

Cloudia said...

Glorious building

ALOHA from Honolulu,

RedPat said...

It is spectacular!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Very fine church, and a beautiful sky.

For the Catholics: Pope Francis, from Sarajevo, said there will be within June the Church's opinion about Medjugorje.

Hels said...

An interesting combination of beautiful Russian towers and golden domes ,... and ... typically Jerusalem stone. I love it.

Karl Demetz said...

How beautiful, Dina !

Marie C said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the gold capped towers. It has a lovely history.

William Kendall said...

An exquisitely beautiful church!

Anonymous said...

A lovely old church.

Kay said...

Wow! That is a really gorgeous church. It's so shiny and beautifully constructed.

Indrani said...

GRAND architecture. Hope to visit it once.