A TEAM OF THE HELLENIC AIR FORCE VISITS THE PATRIARCHATE
In category : Chronicle — @ 21:30
On Thursday, November 4th / 17th 2011, a 50member team of the Hellenic
Air Force (H.A.F) visited the Patriarchate.
This visit at the Patriarchate took place in the frame of the visit of
the above team to the state of Israel for the cooperation of the
military air forces of the two countries specifically for the air
operation exercise in the area of Ovda in southern Israel by the name of
“burning and unburnt bush”.
This visit to the Patriarchate took place with the cooperation of the
Hellenic Embassy in Tel-Aviv. Spokesman of the Embassy, Colonel Nikolaos
Kouroumanis accompanied the above-mentioned team. The above-mentioned
team was accepted by His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem
The head of this team thanked His Beatitude for the time he devoted for
the visit to the Holy Land and to the Patriarchate and explained to His
Beatitude that the success of the Mission of the team is attributable to
the readiness of the armed air forces at any given moment to protect our
His Beatitude commended the members of the team on their devotion to the
duty of protecting our country, on their success of their Mission and
underlined the importance of their visit to the Holy Land and the
The Holy Land stated His Beatitude, sanctified by the blood of the cross
of our Savior Jesus Christ, safeguarded in centuries since the
establishment of the first Christian foundation of the Holy Land, the
Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher, the
Order of the Great. The Patriarchate and the Brotherhood perform in the
Holy Land ecclesiastical, sanctifying deed through the Divine Worship,
the sacraments, the education of the Orthodox congregation as well as
peacekeeping and conciliatory among the conflicting ethnic and religious
factors in the Holy Land.
Stating these, His Beatitude wished them to have with the grace of the
Holy Sepulcher the power to protect the principles and values contested
and shaken nowadays as the country, the Church and the family.
His Beatitude gave every member of the team icons of the Holy Sepulcher,
the History of the Church of Jerusalem by Chrysostomos Papadopoulos and
other blessings from Jerusalem and medals of the two-thousand year
anniversary of Christianity.
Chief Secretary’s Office
(translated from the original document in Greek by Mrs. Irini Valasi)