Lighting candles in the lower level crypt

Lighting candles in the lower level crypt

Photo: dalje.com

City of Beit Jala

Beit Jala, Palestine

St Nicholas Day

The Festival of St. Nicholas is held on December 19, St Nicholas' Feast Day on the Julian Calendar. It begins with Divine Liturgy, where the Patriarch of Jerusalem presides, at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, lasting from 7:30 am until noon. A large street procession follows with scout groups and many activities. Roman Catholics and Lutherans join the Orthodox majority in this largely Christian town. Thousands come for the festival.
Lighting candles in the lower level crypt
Lighting candles and praying in the lower level crypt
Venerating icons in the lower level crypt
The procession coming down from the church
St Nicholas icon in procession
Bagpipe playing boy scouts march in street parade