Annual Philanthropic Mission
Dear friends near and far,
Every year the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr dedicates itself to an annual philanthropic mission. This year’s charitable effort is dedicated to raising monetary support for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem (ROCOR). The Mission in Jerusalem oversees the Monastery of the Ascension of Our Lord on the Mount of Olives, the Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Skete of Saint Chariton as well as many other holy and sacred sites.
Currently, the Mission is trying to raise money to finish major repairs to the church in Gethsemane and the bell tower at the Mount of Olives as well as restoring the 4th century Skete of Saint Chariton. In addition, the Mission is attempting to restore the Archimandrite's House at the Mount of Olives, which has an ancient 5th century mosaic floor. Completion of this restoration will provide adequate space for both the offices of the Mission as well as a place to receive visitors and pilgrims.
This philanthropic endeavor of the Order is in keeping with its goals and objectives to organize, promote, aid and engage in charitable, humanitarian, educational, medical and chivalric activities, particularly by: aiding the poor, the sick, the needy, the aged, the infirm, the maimed, the mentally ill, the imprisoned and the socially disadvantaged; assisting in the maintenance of holy places including, but not limited to, buildings, monasteries, seminaries, shrines, churches and cathedrals of the Orthodox Faith; and establishing and promoting the works of hospitals, medical centers, orphanages, schools and other bona fide Orthodox institutions and/or organizations.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we will be extending our fundraising effort for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem until the end of June 2021. We hope to close this Philanthropic endeavor with a Black Tie Gala in honor of the work the Mission so tirelessly provides.
We cordially invite you to join us in helping in this worthy cause as we continue in our mission of assistance and advocacy for Orthodox Christians in need and under persecution.