On Sunday, December 26, 2021, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated the feast of the Forefathers at their Holy Church in Beit Sahour, where the shepherds were keeping the night watch and they received the calling Fr.om heaven to go to Bethlehem and see the new-born infant, the Redeemer of the world.
On this feast, the Church commemorates the before and after the Law Righteous Forefathers of the Nativity in the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
In honour of the Forefathers, the Divine Liturgy in this Church was officiated by the Patriarchal Representative in Bethlehem, Metropolitan Benedict of Diocaesarea with the co-celebration of the Hegoumen of the Monastery of the Shepherds Archimandrite Ignatios, the ministering Priests of this community, Fr. Issa Mousleh, Fr. Sabba Her, Fr. Ioannis Rismawi and Fr. George Banoura and Hierodeacon Athanasios. The chanting was delivered by the Beit Sahour community Byzantine choir as the service was attended by a large congregation and Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Evangelos Vlioras, and Athanasios Abou Aeta.
The Divine Liturgy was followed by a meal, hosted by the Community.
Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem