TIPH Head of Mission visits Russian Monastery in Hebron

On Wednesday, the TIPH Head of Mission, Einar Johnsen, visited the Monastery of the Holy Patriarchs in Hebron, the only Christian site in the TIPH area of responsibility. The Head of Mission met with Hieromonk Aleksiy, who heads this Russian Orthodox Monastery. Father Aleksiy showed Mr. Johnsen the Monastery, and informed about its history and the Russian Church’s activities in Palestine throughout the ages.

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On Wednesday, the TIPH Head of Mission, Einar Johnsen, visited the Monastery of the Holy Patriarchs in Hebron, the only Christian site in the TIPH area of responsibility. The Head of Mission met with Hieromonk Aleksiy, who heads this Russian Orthodox Monastery. Father Aleksiy showed Mr. Johnsen the Monastery, and informed about its history and the Russian Church’s activities in Palestine throughout the ages.

The Russian monastery – al-Masqubiyya – was founded in 1868 at the place where tradition places the Oak of Mamre, where the Biblical patriarch Abraham showed God, appearing as three men, hospitality, and where the patriarch was told that he was to become the forefather of a large people.

— For us it is important to hear the views and issues of the Russian Monastery. The Monastery is a part of the Hebron community since almost 150 years; it has survived severe hardship during times of trouble, and earned a deep respect in the city. Father Aleksiy’s view on people of other confessions was inspirational: “meet everyone as if you are meeting an angel of God, judge only by a person’s actions”.

Seven Russian monks serve currently at the Monastery, which also provide spiritual guidance to Russians living in Hebron.

22 June 2011

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