ΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΗ ΣΥΜΦΩΝΙΑΣ ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΩΣΕΩΣ ΕΡΓΑΣΙΩΝ ΤΟΥ ΙΕΡΟΥ ΚΟΥΒΟΥΚΛΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΣ ΡΟΤΟΝΤΑΣ ΠΕΡΙΞ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΟΥ ΤΑΦΟΥ
Τό ἀπόγευμα τῆς Δευτέρας, 14ης/27ης Μαΐου 2019, ἔλαβε χώραν συνάντησις εἰς τό μοναστήριον τῶν Φραγκισκανῶν, τῆς Α.Θ.Μ. τοῦ Πατριάρχου Ἱεροσολύμων κ.κ Θεοφίλου, τοῦ Γέροντος Ἀρχιγραμματέως Σεβασμιωτάτου Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Κωνσταντίνης κ. Ἀριστάρχου, τοῦ Δραγουμανεύοντος Ἀρχιμανδρίτου π. Ματθαίου, μετά τῶν Φραγκισκανῶν, Κουστωδοῦ π. Φραγκίσκου Πατόν, τοῦ π. Ντομπρομίρο, τοῦ π. Δαυΐδ καί μετά τοῦ Ἀρμενίου Πατριάρχου Μακαριωτάτου κ. Νουρχάν, τοῦ π. Σαμουήλ ἡγουμένου τῶν Ἀρμενίων εἰς τόν Ναόν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως και τοῦ π. Γκουριόν διά τήν ὑπογραφήν συμφωνίας πρός ὁλοκλήρωσιν τῶν ἐργασιῶν συντηρήσεως καί ἀναστηλώσεως τοῦ Ἱεροῦ Κουβουκλίου καί τῆς Ροτόντας μετά τήν πρό διετίας γενομένην συντήρησιν καί ἀναστήλωσιν τοῦ Ἱεροῦ Κουβουκλίου τῇ τεχνικῇ ἐπιμελείᾳ τοῦ Ἐθνικοῦ Μετσοβίου Πολυτεχνείου.
Ἐπί τῇ ὑπογραφῇ τῆς συμφωνίας ταύτης ὁ Μακαριώτατος Πατήρ ἡμῶν και Πατριάρχης Ἱεροσολύμων κ.κ. Θεόφιλος προέβη εἰς τήν κάτωθι συνέντευξιν:
It is a great blessing, for us to be here in this very special place, and it is a great blessing, because what we are about to sign is the confirmation of what is being mentioned in your script, it is the confirmation of the initiative that was taken some years ago, for the restoration of the Holy Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre.
It is true that our common initiatives and joint venture and common action that we altogether work for the restoration of the Holy Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre, that opened a new phase I would say, in our history, in our cooperation, in our co-existence, and above all, in our mission and as witness to the Holy City of Jerusalem and of course to the Holy Places, with the Crown of them, the Holy Sepulchre, which as you said, indeed has become the main destination not only for our own pilgrims the Christian pilgrims, but also the destination of all other visitors and non-Christian pilgrims as well.
Today is really a special day, not only for us and for our Communities, that we are in charge of the custody of the Holy Places, but it is important for the Holy City of Jerusalem because everybody is now realizing and acknowledges that if Jerusalem maintains her Christian character as well, it depends on us as well. Therefore our mission is very important, not only in religious terms but also in diplomatic terms and inevitably in political terms.
I would like very much from the bottom of my heart to express on behalf of our Brotherhood, and myself personally, our thanks and appreciation, and we hope and pray that this initiative, to not just restore the foundations and the pavement of the Holy Sepulchre, but that this would be the completion of the restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, that has started so many years ago. And I think that this will bring the Holy Sepulchre to a new era, to a new phase, because, so far, due the restoration works which are going on, there is no doubt that the Holy Sepulchre suffers from its holiness and sanctity and reverence. But by completing the restoration works, the Holy Sepulchre will recover its splendour.
And I must rest you assured that our technical team is ready to join forces with your own technical team, as well as with the technical team of our Brothers the Armenians. And we are ready also in any possible way, to make our contribution, so that the works will go smoothly, as it happened with the restoration of the Holy Sepulchre.
Thank you very much indeed! Christos Anesti! Christ is risen!”.
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