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Melkite Synod meets to elect new Patriarch

CWN - The Synod of the Melkite Catholic Church convened on June 19 in Ain Traz, Lebanon, to choose a new Patriarch.

The resignation of Patriarch Gregory III Laham, who is 82 years old, was accepted by Pope Francis in June. After a day of prayer and reflection, the Melkite bishops will begin voting on June 20 to elect a successor. The new Patriarch will be announced after the vote receives papal recognition.

 

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September 3, 2017
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:1-8 (Gospel 2)
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24, Matthew 21:33-42

Fourteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Corinthians 12:10-19, Mark 4:10-23
- Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 12:20-13:2, Mark 4:24-34
- Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 13:3-13, Mark 4:35-41
- Thursday: Galatians 1:1-10,20-24-2:5, Mark 5:1-20
- Friday: Galatians 2:6-10, Mark 5:22-24, 35-6:1
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 23:1-12 and for the Saturday before the Exaltation 1 Corinthians 2:6-9, Matthew 10:37-11:1

September 10, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Galatians 6:11-18, John 3:13-17 (Sun before Exalation), 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4, Matthew 22:1-14

Fifteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 2:11-16, Mark 5:24-34
- Tuesday: Galatians 2:21-3:7, Mark 6:1-7
- Wednesday: Galatians 3:15-22, Mark 6:7-13

September 14, 2017
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
- Vespers: Exodus 15:22-27, Proverbs 3:11-18, Isaiah 60:11-16
- Matins: John 12:28-36
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthians 1:18-24, John 19:6-11,13-20,25-28,30-35

- Thursday: Galatians 3:23-4:5, Mark 6:30-45
- Friday: Galatians 4:8-21, Mark 6:45-53
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 4:17-5:5, Matthew 24:1-13 (Sat), 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, John 8:21-30 (Sat after Exaltation)

September 17, 2017
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday After the Exaltation
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Matthew 22:35-46 (15th), Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34b-9:1 (Sun after Ex)

Sixteenth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Mark 6:54-7:8
- Tuesday: Galatians 5:11-21, Mark 7:5-16
- Wednesday: Galatians 6:2-10, Mark 7:14-24
- Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-9, Mark 7:24-30
- Friday: Ephesians 1:7-17, Mark 8:1-10
- Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28, Matthew 24:34-44

September 24, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday: After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Matthew 25:14-30

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The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

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