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

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

[The Lord] is always knocking at the doors of our hearts, that we may open to Him, that He may enter in and rest in Our souls, and we may wash and anoint His feet, and He may make His abode with us. The Lord in that passage reproaches the man who did not wash His feet (Luke 7:44); and again He says elsewhere, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man will open unto Me, I shall come in unto him" (Rev. 3:20). To this end He endured to suffer many things, giving His own body unto death, and purchasing us out of bondage, in order that He might come to our soul and make His abode with it.. ..His food and His drink, His clothing and shelter and rest is in our souls. Therefore He is always knocking, desiring to enter into us.. Let us then receive Him, and bring Him within ourselves; because He is our food and our drink and our eternal life, and every soul that has not now received Him within and given Him rest, or rather found rest in Him, has no inheritance in the kingdom of heaven with the saints, and cannot enter into the heavenly city.. But Thou, Lord Jesus Christ, bring us thereunto, glorifying Thy name, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen

St Macarius the Great