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Having received a blessing from the hands of His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine, the pilgrims of the Church spent over an hour with the Patriarch, learning about the history of the Patriarchate, the Order of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher and about the life of Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas that are under spiritual protection of the His Beatitude.

“For us, Ukrainian Orthodox Christians from the United States of America”, said Vladyka Daniel, “a great honor indeed, the fact that we find ourselves in the Holy Land these days… His Eminence Metropolitan Antony expresses his most sincere prayerful greetings and gratitude for your Beatitude’s time spent with us… You are the spiritual father, guardian and keeper of the All-holy sites of pilgrimage, and we respect and pray for you.”

…While visiting the sacred sites of Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee, we offered our prayers for our ancestral homeland Ukraine, beseeching the Lord to bring to end the war in Ukraine, and the restoration of peace and stability for all people, especially those that are wounded or have lost their loved ones.”