The New Church

The New Church

In 1972, a new church was erected near the traditional site of the underground Church of the Shepherds. Archimandrite Seraphim, spiritual father of the Monastery of Mar Sabas, built this modern, full-sized church. Excavating the foundations for the new church, he found ruins of three different churches from the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries. To preserve these precious remains, it was decided to build the new church adjacent to, rather than immediately above, the cave. The new church has three holy altars, which are dedicated as follows: the main altar to the Mother of God, the altar on the right to the great martyr and healer, Saint Panteleimon, and the altar on the left to the archangels Michael and Gabriel and all the heavenly hosts.

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