Patron Saint's Day: July 18
The upper church in honour of St Elisabeth, the heavenly patroness of the Convent, was consecrated on January 2, 2005. Its interior design is well-crafted and rounded-up. The church has a five-tier iconostasis in the classical Russian style. All icons in this church were painted by the Convent’s icon painters in accordance with the Russian and Byzantine samples of the 12th-15th centuries when church art was at its peak. The full cycle of worship is held in the upper and the lower churches daily, and the Psalter is read incessantly.
The chapel in honour of Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God is situated close to the Pilgrim’s House and several workshops. The building was built long ago for those who work in our Convent or visit it as guests.
The spiritual centre of the Convent is certainly the church of Mary Magdalene. Pilgrims that come to the Holy Land always visit this church, which is located in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the very foot of the Mount of Olives.