Yesterday was the feast of Saint Catherine, and her feast day was the occasion for much joy.
We had invited Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, who had planned to attend together with Metropolitan Aristarchos, the librarian of the patriarchal library. But the Greek ambassador to Israel advised against their travel at this time. As a result, we only had two visiting hierarchs, Bishops Gabriel and Theophylaktos from the Patriarchate of Alexandria. A number of talented chanters