Deisis (Novogorod)

Programme of Events for HB Patriarch Gregorios III in Argentina 2010

25 August - 6 September 2010

Wednesday 25 August
11:00 Arrival of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III and his party at Ezeiza International Airport Buenos Aires and official reception at the airport
18:00   Ceremony and reception at The Cedars of Lebanon Foundation

Thursday 26 August
9:00 Visit to Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, SJ Archbishop of Buenos Aires and President of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina
10:30 Visit to the Head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires
12:30  Meeting in the Apostolic Nunciature with the Nuncio Archbishop Adriano Bernardini followed by lunch
19:30 Reception in the Syrian Embassy in honour of His Beatitude

Friday 27 August
12:30 Meeting with Ambassador Guillermo Oliveri Secretary of State for Religious Affairs, followed by a lunch in the palace of the Secretary of State
Official visit to the President of the Republic of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
19:00 Pontifical Divine Liturgy concelebrated in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Inauguration of the first part of the Church
Followed by cocktail reception in the parish hall

Saturday 28 August
Visit to Luján
14:00 Departure for Rosario
19:00 Pontifical Divine Liturgy concelebrated in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of San Jorge of Rosario
21:30 Supper with the community

Sunday 29 August
11:00 Round table discussion with the community in the Church Hall of San Jorge
13:00 Lunch with the community
15:00 Departure from Rosario bound for Córdoba
21:00 Arrival of His Beatitude at the Melkite Greek Catholic Parish of San Jorge (Corrientes  276  Córdoba) where he will receive greetings from the provincial government authorities, the police, the military, Arab institutions and the parish
Welcome from Msgr. Abdo Arbach Melkite Greek Catholic Exarch in Argentina

Monday 30 August
09:30 Presentation of greetings from His Beatitude to the Provincial Governor, Accountant Juan Schiaretti
10:15 Visit to Msgr. Carlos Nañez Archbishop of Córdoba
11:00 Visit to the Mayor of the city of Córdoba
16:30  Opening of the Seventh Congress of Bishops of the Expansion of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in the hall of San Jorge Cathedral
18:30 Press conference in the Cathedral precincts

Tuesday 31 August
09:00 Meetings of the Patriarch with the bishops
16:30 Meetings of the Patriarch with Cardinal Sandri and the bishops
19:30 Mass in the Cathedral of Córdoba presided over by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri,  Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches  to the Holy See, in the presence of the Patriarch and the Archbishop of Córdoba and the bishops of the province of Córdoba
Supper in honour of Cardinal Sandri and His Beatitude in the parish house 

Wednesday 1 September
09: 00 Meetings of the Patriarch with the bishops
16: 30 Meetings of the Patriarch with the bishops
18: 00 Round table discussion with the community in the Parish Hall of the Cathedral of San Jorge

Thursday 2 September
09:00 Meetings of the Patriarch with the bishops
16:30 Meetings of the Patriarch with the bishops
19:30 Divine Liturgy
21:30 Official banquet in the salon of the Syrian Lebanese Club of Córdoba, given by the civil, military and ecclesiastical authorities of the Province, in recognition of the attention received from His Beatitude the Patriarch

Friday 3 September
10:00 Visit to the church and historic monuments
18:00 Visits to Eastern churches in Córdoba
19:00 Event [unspecified]

Saturday 4 September
10:00 Excursion to the mountain ranges of Córdoba
21:30 Official banquet in the parish hall with the community, in recognition of the care received from His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III

Sunday 5 September
18:00 Pontifical Divine Liturgy concelebrated in the Cathedral church of Córdoba, with the civil, military and ecclesiastical authorities in attendance
20:30 Reception for His Beatitude and entourage in the parish hall after the Pontifical Divine Liturgy

Monday 6 September
End of the visit

Translation from Spanish: V. Chamberlain

Teachings of Christ

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 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

"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

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great