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

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ