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

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Annunciation

Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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.

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let us consider, then, brethren, of what matter we were formed, who we are, and with what nature we came into the world, and how He Who formed and created us brought us into His world from the darkness of a grave, and prepared his benefits for us before we were born. Since, therefore, we have everything from Him, we ought in everything to give Him thanks, to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

St. Clement of Rome