Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem issues call for assistance

Jerusalem, November 3, 2023

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Archimandrite Roman, chief of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem has issued a call for assistance.

Due to the unrest in the Holy Land, the Mission’s monasteries are left without pilgrims and thus are financially struggling, while they continue to pray for the world daily.

The Mission includes three monasteries: The Convent of the Ascension of Our Lord on the Mount of Olives, the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane, and the Skete of St. Chariton in Wadi Fara.

Fr. Roman’s message reads:

Peace has been shattered in the Holy Land, with 3 days of air-raid sirens in Jerusalem. Thank God nothing landed in the Holy City nor near our convents. Since then, it has been relatively calm but very strained at our 3 monasteries, which are in Palestinian areas. There has been unrest outside the gates of the Mt. of Olives Convent. Tear gas wafts over the walls and into the monastery grounds, even into the church. Meanwhile, our olive harvest has begun, but the holy sites are empty of pilgrims, probably for another year. Divine services continue daily, and we pray that our Merciful Lord will put an end to this struggle so that the peoples of this land could live in peace.

We are in urgent need for augmented support from the beloved flock of our Church worldwide. Please help our monastics as they pray for peace and the salvation of Christian souls.

Please donate via PayPal, or make checks out to “Synod/REM” and mail to:

The Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem
Synod of Bishops
75 East 93rd Street
New York NY 10128

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