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

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, before the fall ... participated in ... divine illumination and resplendence, and because he was truly clothed in a garment of glory he was not naked, nor was he unseemly by reason of his nakedness. He was far more richly adorned than those who now deck themselves out with diadems of gold and brightly sparkling jewels. St. Paul calls this divine illumination and grace our celestial dwelling when he says, 'For this we sigh, yearning to be clothed in our heavenly habitation, since clothed we will not be found naked' (2 Cor. 5:2).

St. Gregory Palamas (Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 67, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 377)