Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land and All Over the World held in Jerusalem
On Great Friday the delegation of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called visited the residence of Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem.
Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, thanked for the opportunity to be there and to get the blessing. “Our mission has been realized for the 17th time. I can remember our first meeting and since that time you can see us as your friends” – he said.
“We know about the great temptation the Orthodox Church is facing at the moment. And we can see how much you desire to resolve the situation. We come here every year to pray for peace in Jerusalem. We express our attitude and the attitude of Russian people to Jerusalem” – said Vladimir Yakunin.
“We are glad to welcome you on the days when we remember the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a great blessing for us here on the Holy Land to see you present in such amount” – said Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem in his welcome speech. He also said that Jerusalem was a spiritual place where Orthodox Christians were longing to see Saint Jerusalem.
“The Church of Jerusalem is the mother of all Churches. It was given by God that the Jerusalem Church is entitled to hold the entire world in its arms. The Church of Jerusalem represents all of you here” – he said.
According to Patriarch of Jerusalem, the issues in the Holy Land are the issues of the whole world. Patriarch called on prayers to the Lord, the Lover of Man, for the Lord to enlighten thoughts and minds of believers who stand against each other at the moment.