This Saturday, the 27th of November 2021, we will celebrate our yearly pilgrimage to the Spring of St. Philip.
The prayers start around 10 o’clock in the morning, and we cordially invite you to participate.
We read about the Spring of St. Philip, locally also called Ein Henya, in the Acts of the Apostles 8:26-39.
There we see that the Apostle St. Philip was travelling from Jerusalem to Gaza, when he met an Ethiopian Treasurer, who had been to worship God in Jerusalem.
St. Philip asked the Ethiopian treasurer, who was reading from the Book of Isaiah, if he understood what he was reading. The man answered that he couldn’t without explanation and invited St. Philip to do so.
St. Philip disclosed that the prophecy speaks about Jesus Christ:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
He was humiliated and received no justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth” (Isaiah 53).
St. Philip told him about Christ, and when they were passing a spring, the Ethiopian treasurer asked to be baptized there. They went out of the carriage, and St. Philip baptized the Ethiopian man there, which spring is now called St. Philip’s spring.
The Bible reads that the Ethiopian treasurer went on his way rejoicing.
The site has been property of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem for centuries.
To this attested by archaeological finds of remnants of an Armenian Church, Armenian inscriptions, a cross and mosaics as well. These are clear proofs that already in ancient times this site was one of pilgrimage, and liturgies were celebrated at the Spring.