Rabweh 2 May 2013

Press release from the Melkite Greek Catholic Chancellery:

Pope Francis has today ratified the episcopal election by the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, on 22 June 2012, of Archimandrite Nicolas Antiba as Metropolitan of Bosra, Hauran and Jabal al-Arab. The Very Reverend Nicolas Antiba succeeds His Grace Mgr Boulos Borkhosh, who has offered his resignation upon reaching the canonical age. Mgr Borkhosh had been elected bishop in 1983.

There follows a brief biographical notice about His Grace Mgr Nicolas Antiba:

Nicolas Antiba was born in Aleppo, Syria, on 25 December 1945. On 23 June 1964 he took his first religious vows in the Aleppine Basilian Order. In 1967 his Order sent him to Rome to pursue his philosophical and theological studies at the Gregorian University where he gained a licentiate. He was ordained priest in 1971.

From 1971 to 1978 he continued his studies in Semitic Languages and Holy Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute where he obtained a licentiate and completed the year preparatory to the Doctorate in order to obtain a master’s degree in Holy Scripture.

In 1978, his Order sent him to the United States as priest to the Parish of Saint Ann in West Paterson, New Jersey.

In 1989, he was elected Superior General of the Aleppine Basilian Order and elevated to Archimandrite.

In 1995 the Congregation of Oriental Churches appointed him Apostolic Visitor to the Congregation of Aleppine Basilian Sisters.

In 1996 His Beatitude Maximos V called him to the Patriarchal Major Seminary of Saint Anna to provide spiritual leadership and be in charge of the pastoral year.

In 2000 His Beatitude Gregorios III appointed him Chancellor of the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Rabweh, Lebanon.

In 2002 His Beatitude Gregorios III appointed him Parish Priest of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre in Paris, raising him to the rank of Exarch.

Archimandrite Nicolas served on several committees of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Catholic Churches and his own Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
 
He taught Holy Scripture at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, the Antonine University and the St. Paul Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Lebanon.
He is the author of several studies and articles on topics in theology, Holy Scripture, liturgy and spirituality.

He is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Italian and has a working knowledge of German, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Armenian.

The date of his episcopal ordination will be confirmed later.

Father Antony Dib
Chancellor


Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (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.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Acts of charity, almsgiving and all the external good works do not suppress the arrogance of the heart; but noetic meditation, the labor of repentance, contrition and humility -- these humble the proud mind.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast