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Russian spiritual mission celebrated 150th anniversary in Israel
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The festive service and procession celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in the Israelian city of Jaffa. Church events in honor of the anniversary date were timed to the day of memory of the holy righteous Tabitha, who was buried on the mission territory, RIA Novosti reports.
The emergence of the Russian mission in the Holy Land was a response to the increase in the middle of the 19th century of the number of believers from Russia making pilgrimages to Christ places. In 1869, a piece of land was acquired in Jaffa with the tomb of the holy righteous Tabitha located on it, which, according to religious texts, was resurrected by the apostle Peter.
Developing the site, representatives of the Russian Spiritual Mission carried out archaeological excavations and discovered a number of ancient finds transferred to museum funds. The compound became a place where arriving Russians could stop and get help and advice. At the end of the 19th century, the church of the Apostle Peter and the Righteous Tabitha was consecrated on the territory of the mission.
The Russian mission is still active in spiritual, educational and charitable activities. A Sunday school has been opened on the mission site, and work is ongoing with arriving pilgrims.