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Jerusalem celebrates 170th anniversary of Russian Ecclesiastical Mission
Jubilee of Russian Ecclesiastical Mission is celebrated in Jerusalem, RIA Novosti informs. According to Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III this is a major event, so presence of Christians is very important here. He led the divine service in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the main temple of Russian Ecclesiastical Mission.
Russian Ecclesiastical Mission was founded in 1847 in Jerusalem. For all of these years, its main task was to care for pilgrims, coming to the holy land as well as to collect, cultivate, and keep church lands. The mission was approved by Nicholas I. It remained the main consular diplomatic representation of Russia in the middle of 18th century.
A vast programme is prepared by the jubilee including festive activities for four days. Representatives of Russian Orthodox Church were guests of the event. Russian Orthodox delegation was headed by Metropolitan Yuvenaliy of Krutitsy and Kolomna.
It is worth reminding Russian Ecclesiastical Mission purchased lands to build pilgrims’ houses, hospitals and churches on them as a part of care for pilgrims’ programme.
Russian Ecclesiastical Mission continues to take care of pilgrims from Russia and CIS countries. Administrative center of the mission is situated at the Russian churchyard in Jerusalem center and represents an infrastructure of churchyards, cathedrals and monasteries.
Besides, a quarter of the century ago, Russian Ecclesiastical Mission got a new task of guidance for Russian-speaking refugees who stayed Orthodox after migration to Israel.