News from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

A Statement from the Office of the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Bishop Suheil Dawani, regarding the Consecration Service of the Very Reverend Hosam Naoum

14 June 2020

By the grace of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we will, by the laying of hands, offer the Episcopal ordination to the Very Reverend Hosam Elias Naoum on Sunday, 14 June 2020 at 4:00 pm, with the participation of bishops from the Anglican Communion and in the presence of some of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem.

Due to the circumstances related to the Coronavirus pandemic, attendance will be limited to some of the clergy, the family of the bishop-elect, and a few official guests, so that the attendance will not exceed fifty people in order to maintain the safety, health standards, and regulations related to the pandemic.

We had hoped that the attendance would be greater and more comprehensive so that we could join together in prayer and celebration of the new bishop. However, the exceptional circumstances in which our world lives in general, and our region in particular, has prevented our faithful brothers and sisters in other parts of our beloved Diocese from participating. During the past few months, we have broadcast the Worship and Sunday services via social media, and we will livestream the Consecration Service on the following link: https://youtu.be/lUrceUEEGrc . You can also follow the order of service at the following link https://www.flipsnack.com/Nelly2/consecration-service-english.html .

We invite you—clergy, parishes, institutions, and all believers—to pray for the ministry, witness and mission of the Church, and for our bishop-elect and his family. May God pour out His Holy Spirit upon him and enrich him with His grace so that he can continue to serve the Church for the glory of God, the furthering of His kingdom, and the service of all.

"Our prayers are with the Most Rev Suheil Dawani, Archbishop in Jerusalem, the Very Rev Hosam Naoum, Bishop-Elect and the community of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as we celebrate the consecration of the Very Rev Hosam Naoum on Sunday afternoon. Bishop-Elect Hosam is well known to Friends of the Holy Land as a key member of our local managing committee since our inception and supporter of our work throughout the Holy Land. We pray that the Spirit of the Lord will fill him with faith, courage and wisdom to take on this leadership role in these challenging times."