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Jesus Christ the TeacherMelkite Greek Catholic Church in Holy Land - Palestinian - (Patriarchal See of Jerusalem, Holy Land) Parishes - Bethlehem (Biet Lehem)

The most holy site in Bethlehem is the traditional birthplace of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in human form. (Lk. 2:1-7) This traditional birthplace is marked by a Star in the “Grotto the Nativity” under the altar in the “Church of the Nativity”.

This birth in human form is commemorated by The Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ on 25 December.

The Roum Catholic Melkite Church's property is three stories. The entrance is on the ground (first) story, the Guesthouse is on the second story, and the Church is on the third story.

Contact Information

The Roum Catholic Melkite Church (The Theotokos, The Mother of Jesus Christ, Sitt Maryam)
334 Star Street
P.O. Box 317
Bethlehem
Telephone Church / Priest's official residence / Guesthouse: 2742493, from other countries including the U.S.: 011.970.2.2742493, local from outside Bethlehem: 02.2742493 (code 970 is for Palestine National Authority and code 972 is for Israel. Both codes will work) Abouna lives in the Guesthouse at the Church.
Fax Church / Guesthouse: the fax number is the same as the telephone number
Telephone Priest's Family's Home in Biet Sahour: 27773428, from other countries including the U.S.: 011.970.2.27773428, local from outside Bethlehem: 02.27773428 (code 970 is for Palestine National Authority and code 972 is for Israel. Both codes will work)The residence is Abouna's family home in Biet Sahour (Sheperds Field). He is rarely there.
Pastor: Abouna Ya'coub Abou Sa'da with his Khoureeyeh, Leila
E-mail: Abouna Ya'coub Abou Sa'da, abunayacoub@yahoo.com
Sunday Divine Liturgy: 9:30 am.
334 Star Street is a 3-5 minutes walk from the Basillica of the Nativity
334 Star Street is just a door to a stairway.
The upper section of the doorway has "L'Orphelinat Catholique, The Roum Catholic Melkite Church" written on it.
The Guesthouse and the Church are over numbers "324 to 332 Star Street".
334 Star Street is between "Hreizat Stairs" and "Catholic Stairs" /"Tarajeh Street". Catholic Stairsand Tarajeh Street cross Star Street opposite each other. At the intersection of Star Street, Catholic Stairs, and Tarajeh Street, look up three stories to see the Church's modern church bell tower.
Another entrance to the Church is half way up the "Catholic Stairs". The church entrance is on your left.

Name of the Church

The Church is dedicated to "The Theotokos"
In Greek, the name of this Church is "The Theotokos"
In French, the name of this Church is "la Mère de Dieu".
In English, the name of this Church is "The Mother of Jesus Christ".
Because "The Theotokos" is also referred to by her name, "Mary". The Church is also referred to by her name.
In English, the Church is also referred to as "St. Mary".
In the English transliteration of Arabic, the Church is also referred to as "Sitt Maryam".

Icon for the Saint of the Church

The icon for the Saint of the Church is the icon of the Annunciation. This icon is to the left of the icon of The Theotokos on the ikonostasis.
In the front of the Church, the icon is “Our Lady of the Passion”, which commonly called “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”.

Feast Day of the Church

This Church celebrates its feast day on December 26, The Synaxis in honor of The Theotokos and the Second Day Celebration of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. That Divine Liturgy is celebrated by the Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem and concelebrated by other clergy. A special lunch follows.

Guesthouse

Contact the Church / Guesthouse for reservations.
Confirmed reservations are recommended.
Abouna and his Khoureeyeh, Leila, are wonderful, gracious hosts. They are multi-lingual, including English and French. Also, they live at the Guesthouse.
"Bed & Breakfast" is available for about US $18 per night per person.

Nativity Letter from the Pastor

Abouna Ya'coub sent this letter asking for help in December 2005.

Parish Center

The Church does not have a Parish Center. The Church has the land, the architectural plans, and the building approval for a Parish Center. All that is needed is prayers and money. Please consider praying and donating so that the Parish Center can be built. Please e-mail me for details.

Olive Wood Goods

The men of the parish make olive wood goods. Traditionally, most of the olive wood carvers of Bethlehem are Melkite Catholics. Please consider ordering and paying for these olive wood goods to support the parish. Please e-mail Abouna Ya'coub Abou Sa'da's nephew, Shadi Abou Sa'da for details. Shadi Abou Sa'da lives in the United States of America.

Cloth Goods

The Ladies of the parish make embroidered cloth goods: bookmarks, table cloths, napkins, etc. Please consider ordering and paying for these cloth goods to support the parish. Please e-mail me for details.

Charity Work

The parish helps people. The parish gives goods and money everyone that asks. This action enables people to eat and keep their homes. Please consider praying and donating so that the people of Bethlehem can survive. Please e-mail me for details.

Directions within Bethlehem

The street numbers and the street name are in English and Arabic. Also, "Star Street" is named "Calle de la Estralla".
In "Manager Square", face the "Peace Center".
Turn 90 degrees left.
There are two streets leading from "Manager Square".
Take the street on the right, "Paul VI Street".
Soon, there are stairs straight ahead and a street turning to the right.
Take the street on the right, "Star Street".
"Star Street" makes an S.
Go under the arch.
Look up three stories for the Church's modern church bell tower on the left.
On the your left, you will pass "Hreizat Stairs".
Soon, "334 Star Street" is on your left side.
"Catholic Stairs"
The door is before the "Catholic Stairs" on the left, and then "Tarajeh Street"on the right.
"Tarajeh Street" goes to "Manager Street".
Also, "Star Street" dead ends into "Manager Street".
"Star Street" is between "Manager Street" and "Paul VI Street".
Another way to go to the Church is walk to the "Catholic Stairs". Turn left at the "Catholic Stairs". Walk half way up the "Catholic Stairs". The church entrance is on your left.
The Salesian Fathers, with Sacred Heart Church and Technical School, are at the top of "Catholic Stairs".

Travel between Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Travel between the Bethlehem and "Damascus Gate" / "Bab al-'Amoud" in Jerusalem can be by private taxi, shared taxi, or bus.

Travel to Bethlehem

From "Damascus Gate" / "Bab al-'Amoud" in Jerusalem, you can take a private taxi, shared taxi, or bus. You must walk across the Bethlehem Checkpoint because public transportation can not cross the Bethlehem Checkpoint. Then, you can take a private taxi or shared taxi.

Travel from Bethlehem

From "Manager Square" in Bethlehem, you can take a private taxi or shared taxi. You must walk across the Bethlehem Checkpoint because public transportation can not cross the Bethlehem Checkpoint. Then, you can take a private taxi.

Recommendation

Abouna James Babcock, Pastor of Holy Cross Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Placentia, California, United States, is in contact with Abouna Ya'coub Abou Sa'da.
You can contact Abouna James Babcock about Abouna Ya'coub Abou Sa'da and Bethlehem.

Nativity Celebration in Bethlehem

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