The Holy Brotherhood of the All-Holy Sepulchre is headed by His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Current members are all Metropolitans, Archbishops, Bishops, Archimandrites, Hieromonks, Deacons, Monks and Novices of the Patriarchate. There are totally 105 members of the Brotherhood living in the central monastery, the All-holy Shrines and other holy monasteries.
Members of the Brotherhood of the All-Holy Sepulchre are: His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem, Metropolitans, Archbishops, Archimandrites, Senior Archimandrites, Hieromonks, Deacons, and Monks. Permanent residence of the Holy Brotherhood is the central monastery of St. Constantine and Helena inside the Holy Old City of Jerusalem. Many members of the Monastic Brotherhood serve other monasteries and ministrations (either in Jerusalem or abroad) that belong to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
The senior ruling body of the Holy Brotherhood of the All-Holy Sepulchre is the Holy Synod. The Holy Synod consists of 18 members, Bishops and Archimandrites. President of the Synod is His Beatitude the Patriarch. With remarkable spiritual activity, His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem shepherds, so His very old title, “the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Syria, beyond the Jordan river, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion“.
The members of the Synod are nominated by the Patriarch. Under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Holy Brotherhood are the regions of Jordan, Israel, Gaza and Saudi Arabia. The Brotherhood counts today 105 members, while each new membership is under the command of the Patriarch and the Holy Synod that surrounds Him.
The Holy Brotherhood of the All-Holy Sepulchre runs several Schools and other charitable institutions in the Land that was walked by God. Its administrative system is different than those of other Churches, due to the special ecclesiastical administration system of the All-Holy shrines.
It is a fact that the Holy Brotherhood of the All-Holy Sepulchre has gone through crucial periods and has faced not only the furiousness of people of another religion, but also the hatred-fanaticism- of the heterodox Latins and Armenians. The latter, who have at their disposal ample material and political means, stole the All-holy Shrines and drove brothers to crises, jails, exiles and sometimes even to death.
Even if the indefeasible Greek rights over the All-holy Shrines are consolidated by international conventions, and a large number of documents and firmans ratify their long spiritual course, a lot of attempts to violate the pilgrimage and administrative status take place almost every day.
However, despite all adversities, the Greek Orthodox monks of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem are up to the requirements of their mission as custodians of the sacred trust of the All-holy Shrines, while they are committed to the Divine Mission of humanitarianism and peace.