Deisis (Novogorod)

Schedule of the Visit of His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III to Brazil – 5-17 August 2010

On 05 August, Thursday
- 17:10 Arrival of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III( Laham)
GUARULHOS, KLM 1000. Airport Reception. (Chancellor Fr Antoine Dib, accompanying His Beatitude, had arrived on 4 August.)
- 19:00, Reception at the Church.
- Cocktail in the Church Hall.
- Going to the Hotel
06 August, Friday, Feast of the Transfiguration
- 10:30 Going to Boa Esperança by car to visit H. Em. Spiridon, Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Our Lady of Paradise.
- 16:45 Meeting the community at the entrance to the city
17:00 Motorcade to the residence of Bishop Spiridon
- 19:30 Gathering of the faithful to welcome His Beatitude at his entry to the church
- 20:00 Celebration of the Liturgy presided over by His Beatitude and celebrated by Bishop Spiridon and dinner at Boa Esperança.
07th August, Saturday
- 08:30 Return to São Paulo, by car
- Going to GUARULHOS 14:30 - 16:50 Travel to Fortaleza, by air
- 20:10 Arrival at Fortaleza Pinto Martins Airport - Reception and local programming.
On 08 August, Sunday, Fortaleza
- 08:00 - Breakfast with the parish council of the Melkite parish of Our Lady of Lebanon
- 18:00 - Solemn Mass followed by reception in the said parish
On August 9, Monday
- 10:00 - Visit to the Archbishop of Fortaleza, Dom José Antonio
- 14:00 - Departure to Brasilia
- 14:35 Travel to Brasilia by air
- 17:12 Arrival and local programming
- 20:30 Dinner
August 10, Tuesday
- 09:15 Back to São Paulo by air
- 10:57 Arrival at Congonhas
- 12:30 Lunch
- 15:30 Travel to Taubaté, by car
- 17:30 Reception by the Melkite community and Pastor Fr. Dimitrios Bertani
- 18:00 Celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Chapel of Sant'Ana, with dedication of the altar
-Dinner
August 11, Wednesday
- 08:28 Trip to Juiz de Fora by air taxi
- 09:30 - Reception at the airport, with the presence of the local Archbishop of the Latins D. Gil, the mayor, the  Commander of Military Police, civilian police, army, judiciary and faithful.
- 10:30 - A moment of prayer at the Cathedral of St. Anthony
- 11:00 - Meeting of prayer with the pastor and the faithful of St. George Parish
Lunch at the Constantine Hotel
- 15:00 - Divine Liturgy at St. George Parish
- 18:00 Visit to the work of the Little Monks of the Paternoster
Solemn reception of the Patriarch and his entourage, including the Melkite Eparch of Brazil and other bishops and visit to the cloister and other dependencies of the house
- 21:00 - Dinner at the Syrian and Lebanese Club with all the religious, civil and military authorities and the faithful
August 12, Thursday, Travel to Rio de Janeiro by car
- 13:00 - Arrival, meeting with the Council and visit to the Archbishop of Rio, Dom Orani Tempesta
- 18:00 - Divine Liturgy in the Parish of St. Basil and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. (Approx. 30 min before, there will be a procession with the Patriarch.)
August 13, Friday, Rio and to São Paulo by air (Congonhas)
- 08:30 Visit to Christ the Redeemer
- 18:00 Blessing of the Icons and Divine Liturgy
August 14, Saturday, Our Lady of Paradise
- 12:00 Divine Liturgy, visit of the Mansion and lunch
August 15, Sunday, Dormition of the Virgin Mary, Feast of Our Church.
- 11:00 Holy and Divine Liturgy.
- 13:00 Formal lunch
- 18:00 Visit of the Russian Catholic community, the Syriac community and dinner
16th of August, Monday,
- 08:00 Visit to Our Lady of Aparecida
Going to Votorantim - FMC Institute, by car, liturgical celebration and lunch
August 17, Tuesday, end of the visit

Sources: the Portuguese language websites of  http://www.melquitas.com.br/ and http://sinaxe.wordpress.com/


Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

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 Lord Jesus Christ..., who came to liberate mankind, in which both males and females are destined to salvation, was not adverse to males, for He took the form of a male, nor to females, for of a female He was born. Besides, there is a great mystery here: that just as death comes to us through a woman, Life is born to us through a woman; that the devil - defeated - would be tormented by each nature, feminine and masculine, since he had taken delight in the defection of both.

St. Augustine of Hippo, Ca. A.D. 397, Christian Combat 22, 24 in The Faith of the Early Fathers (Jurgens, Liturgical Press) 3:50, no. 1578