Programme of His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III

Münich, Germany


Arriving in Bavaria from Lebanon on 11 May, 2010, Patriarch Gregorios assembled his own personal programme from the selection of around 3,000 events on offer in Münich, during this Second Ecumenical Kirchentag scheduled for 12-16 May. This was an opportunity to attend discussions, gather information, exchange viewpoints and meet other people as well as to contribute to reflection, prayers, meditation or discussion.

Thursday 13 May

8.30-10.30 Pontifical Mass for Ascension Day-Catholic celebration of the Eucharist

With the host Archbishop in his cathedral, with a closing procession to the central Ecumenical Celebration at Odeonsplatz

Sermon: Archbishop Dr. Reinhard Marx, Münich

Music: Cathedral choir, youth choral group and cathedral brass band, Münich

In Dom zu unserer lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Lady), Frauenplatz 12

Language: German

 

Friday 14 May

14.00-16.00 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom- Service according to the Byzantine rite

Chief Celebrant: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Concelebrant: Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider SJ, Frankfurt-am-Main

Sermon: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Responses: Romanos Choir, St. George's Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt-am-Main

At St. Martin's Church (Moosach), Leipzigerstrasse, 11

Language: German

 

Saturday 15 May

09.30 - 10.30 Bible Study: a discussion with (Evangelical) Bishop Dr. Johannes Friedrich, Münich

At the Gasteig, Carl-Off-Saal, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

14.00-15.30 Vespers- Service according to the Byzantine rite

Chief Celebrant: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Concelebrant:  Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider SJ, Frankfurt-am-Main

Responses: Romanos Choir, St. George's Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt-am-Main

At St. Martin's Church (Moosach), Leipzigerstrasse, 11

Languages: various

 

Sunday 16 May

To the airport


V.C.


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our distresses are notorious, even though we leave them untold, for now their sound has gone out into all the world. The doctrines of the Fathers are despised; apostolic traditions are set at nought; the devices of innovators are in vogue in the Churches; now men are rather contrivers of cunning systems than theologians; the wisdom of this world wins the highest prizes and has rejected the glory of the cross. Shepherds are banished, and in their places are introduced grievous wolves hurrying the flock of Christ. Houses of prayer have none to assemble in them; desert places are full of lamenting crowds. The elders lament when they compare the present with the past. The younger are yet more to be compassionated, for they do not know of what they have been deprived. All this is enough to stir the pity of men who have learnt the love of Christ; but, compared with the actual state of things, words fall very far short....

Saint Basil the Great
(Letter 90)