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

'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)

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

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We believe that the divine presence is everywhere and that "the eyes of the Lord are looking on the good and the evil in every place." But we should believe this especially without any doubt when we are assisting at the Work of God. To that end let us be mindful always of the Prophet's words, "Serve the Lord in fear" and again, "Sing praises wisely" and "In the sight of the Angels I will sing praise to Thee." Let us therefore consider how we ought to conduct ourselves in the sight of the Godhead and of His Angels, and let us take part in the psalmody in such a way that our mind may be in harmony with our voice. 

St. Benedict