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Letters from Taybeh

Letters from Taybeh: Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

Taybeh - Palestine

By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D. “O Gladsome Light, of the Holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly Holy, blessed Jesus Christ!” (Holy Saturday Morning Prayers) Everyone should have a favorite day in the Church calendar and as an Orthodox Christian living in the land of Christ’s Holy Resurrection (in the only all-Christian village still left in Palestine), mine happens to ... Read More »

Letters from Taybeh: Lenten Greetings 2017

Taybeh - Palestine

Dear Friends of Taybeh, I started my day by lighting a candle at the Byzantine ruins of Saint George Church asking the Lord to grant all of you a Blessed Holy Great Lenten journey. May  the Lord bless you with many fruits of the Holy Spirit.  And, although I cleaned out my refrigerator of all the cheese and dairy in ... Read More »

2016: Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh

Mafar band at Taybeh Oktoberfest

Dear Friends of Taybeh, I pray and hope all of you are having a blessed wonderful summer! I am sharing one of my reflections here with a link and you are welcome to share it with any local media or post it for friends and family.  We are now strongly counting on others who know the good works of Taybeh to ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Paschal Greetings from the Holy Land 2016

Taybeh - Palestine

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, We are sending you sincere greetings from the sacred land of our Lord’s Resurrection on this most joyous Holy Saturday where the Miracle of the Holy Fire was received from the Holy-Life-Giving-Tomb-of-Christ in Jerusalem by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch His Beatitude Theophilos III. We prayerfully and anxiously waited until 5:30 pm to receive the Miracle of the Holy Fire ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Palm Sunday Greetings from the West Bank

Taybeh - Palestine

Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, Today we celebrated a glorious Holy Palm Sunday with a beautiful ecumenical procession with all three of our church communities marching in the streets of the village leading to the 4th century Byzantine ruins of St. George Church. So ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: With Prayers and Greetings from the Holy Land on the 25th March 2016

25th March - Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, Today is such a big day in Greece (my birthplace) that I must wish all of my Greek friends a Happy Greek Independence Day and its an even bigger day for Orthodoxy to wish everyone a blessed Holy Annunciation celebration. For our many friends across the world who are celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord, please accept our sincere ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Lenten Greetings 2016

A Palestinian from the community of Al-Hadidya in the Jordan Valley herds livestock. Struggling to survive on the land, Al-Hadidiya is an example of a community at the sharp end of life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, I pray and hope all of you will have a blessed Holy Great Lenten journey filled with many fruits of the Holy Spirit. I started the Holy Great Lenten Journey in the best possible manner on Clean Monday lighting candles at the 4th century ruins of St George and staring down at the Jordan ... Read More »

Keeping the Faith in Taybeh: An Interview with Maria Khoury

Palestinian Orthodox Christian lighting candle

A Greek-American who has lived in Palestine since 1995, Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D., is the driving force behind charitable and municipal projects in her town, Taybeh. She is also the author of Orthodox Christian Children’s Books, including the well-known “Christina goes to the Holy Land”, in which “Christina” walks in the footsteps of Christ. After graduating from Hellenic College and ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Christmas Greetings but still stuck in America

Mosaic - Nativity of the Holy Theotokos

Christ is Born!! Glorify Him!!! Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called  Emmanuel”(which means, God with us). Matthew 1:24 Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, I wish you a blessed Holy Christmas celebration! I sat in front of my computer screen many times to come up with something inspirational to share but I am ... Read More »