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Visit to the Aid to the Church in Need's 19 October at Westminster Cathedral and Cathedral Hall

His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch was recently the keynote speaker at the Aid to the Church in Need’s 19 October Event at Westminster Cathedral and Cathedral Hall. A similar event was also held in Glasgow on 21 October 2013. Patriarch Gegorios III gave a personal account of the day-to-day reality facing Christians in war-torn Syria and offered an assessment of what lies ahead for Christians in this troubled region.

Photo coverage of his trip is provided below. The daily schedule of the trip can be found below the photos.

1. 16 Oct. HB + Abp Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace

1. 16 Oct. HB + Abp Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace 

2. 16 Oct. HB + Abp Vincent Nichols + Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN Director

2. 16 Oct. HB + Abp Vincent Nichols + Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN Director 

 3. 16 Oct. HB at Press Conference, Archbishop's House, Westminster

3. 16 Oct. HB at Press Conference, Archbishop's House, Westminster

 4. 16 Oct. HB + Baroness Warsi, John Pontifex, Neville Kyrke-Smith, Sr Hanan Youssef, House of Lords, Westminster

4. 16 Oct. HB + Baroness Warsi, John Pontifex, Neville Kyrke-Smith, Sr Hanan Youssef, House of Lords, Westminster

 5. 17 Oct. HB with John Pontifex (ACN) for interview at BBC's Today radio programme

5. 17 Oct. HB with John Pontifex (ACN) for interview at BBC's Today radio programme

 6. 17 Oct. HB interview for Sky Television news programme

6. 17 Oct. HB interview for Sky Television news programme

 7. 17 Oct. HB briefing at House of Lords, Westminster, chaired by Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth

7. 17 Oct. HB briefing at House of Lords, Westminster, chaired by Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth

 8. 17 Oct. HB interview with Martin Palmer at Methodist Centre, London

8. 17 Oct. HB interview with Martin Palmer at
Methodist Centre, London

9. 18 Oct. HB interview at ACN Sutton headquarters with John Pontifex

9. 18 Oct. HB interview at ACN Sutton headquarters with John Pontifex

10. 18 Oct. HB + Abp Peter Smith of Southwark,Father Martin Edwards, Neville Kyrke-Smith, John Pontifex, Sr Hanan Youssef

10. 18 Oct. HB + Abp Peter Smith of Southwark, Father Martin Edwards, Neville Kyrke-Smith, John Pontifex, Sr Hanan Youssef

11. 19 Oct. HB at ACN Event at Westminster Cathedral Hall - Persecuted but Never Forgotten

11. 19 Oct. HB at ACN Event at Westminster Cathedral Hall - Persecuted but Never Forgotten

 12. 20 Oct. HB with parishioners from Khabab after Divine Liturgy at St Barnabas' Pimlico

12. 20 Oct. HB with parishioners from Khabab after Divine Liturgy at St Barnabas' Pimlico

13. 21 Oct. HB at St Bride's, Bothwell, Scotland with ACN's Lorraine McMahon + Neville Kyrke-Smith + Fr Thomas Doyle and school-children

13. 21 Oct. HB at St Bride's, Bothwell, Scotland with ACN's Lorraine McMahon + Neville Kyrke-Smith + Fr Thomas Doyle and school-children

14. HB meets the Poor Clares, Bothwell

14. HB meets the Poor Clares, Bothwell

15. 21 Oct. HB gives telephone interview to Fr Len Black for Moray Firth Radio, Scotland

15. 21 Oct. HB gives telephone interview to Fr Len Black for Moray Firth Radio, Scotland

16. HB with the cross and hagiography of St Bride

16. HB with the cross and hagiography of St Bride

17. 21 Oct. HB with ACN's John Pontifex on the banks of the Clyde, Glasgow

17. 21 Oct. HB with ACN's John Pontifex on the banks of the Clyde, Glasgow

18. 21 Oct. HB+Abp. Emeritus Mario Conti after the Mass commemorating the kidnapped and slain

18. 21 Oct. HB+Abp. Emeritus Mario Conti after the
Mass commemorating the kidnapped and slain

19. 21 Oct. HB talks to ACN supporters in the Church Hall of Christ the King, Glasgow, Scotland

19. 21 Oct. HB talks to ACN supporters in the Church Hall of Christ the King, Glasgow, Scotland

20. 21 Oct. HB meets Ms Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

20. 21 Oct. HB meets Ms Roseanna Cunningham,
Scottish Minister for Community Safety and
Legal Affairs

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AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED– ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

 Schedule for Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III

of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem

 and Sr Hanan Youssef of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Lebanon

15th October 2013 – 22nd October 2013

Tuesday, 15th October

11.15

His Beatitude, Gregorios III Laham and Sr Hanan Youssef arrive at London Heathrow at 11.15 to be met by John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need

13.00

Arrive at Holiday Inn Hotel, Sutton, Surrey.

15.30

Transfer to ACN office for introduction to Neville Kyrke-Smith– ACN National Director and staff members

16.45

His Beatitude interviewed by Emily Buchanan of the BBC in ACN chapel

19.00

Evening meal at Il Toscano restaurant, Sutton with ACN staff and local clergy

Wednesday, 16th October

10.00

Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton, celebrated by Fr James McGillicuddy. His Beatitude reads the Gospel and preaches the sermon.

12.30

Eucharist, celebrated by Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby in Lambeth Palace Chapel. His Beatitude sings the Communion hymn while members of the Lambeth Palace staff receive the sacraments.

13.00

His Beatitude meets Archbishop Justin Welby at a private lunch.

14.15

Meeting with Roman Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster.

15.00

Press Conference for His Beatitude and Sr Hanan, chaired by Archbishop Nichols in the Library of Archbishop’s House, Westminster.

17.00

Meeting of His Beatitude and Sr Hanan in the House of Lords, Westminster, with Baroness Warsi, Minister for Human Rights and Freedom of Religious Belief.

Thursday, 17th October

09.30

Television interview for His Beatitude at Sky News, Millbank

11.00

Parliamentary Briefing of Peers and MPs by His Beatitude and Sister Hanan at the House of Lords

Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth chairs the meeting.

13.15

Lunch – meeting with ACN staff and benefactors at the Institute of Civil Engineering, 1 Great George Street, London.

15.00

His Beatitude interviewed by Martin Palmer at the Methodist International Centre for a BBC Sunday Worship programme to be broadcast in Lent 2014.

Friday, 18th October

10.30

His Beatitude gives a televised interview to John Pontifex at the ACN Sutton headquarters. 

13.00

Lunch with Sister Hanan and the ACN team at The Old Fire Station, Southwark

15.00

Meeting with Roman Catholic Archbishop Peter Smith at Archbishop’s House, Southwark

Saturday, 19th October

ACN WESTMINSTER EVENT: PERSECUTED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

10.30 – 11.30

Solemn Mass at Westminster Cathedral in the Presence of His Beatitude -  Main celebrant – Canon Christopher Tuckwell

11.55 – 12.00

Welcome – Neville Kyrke-Smith of ACN

12.00 – 12.10

Angelus + Prayer for England (Fr Martin Tuckwell) 

12.10 – 12.55

Talk by His Beatitude

13.00 – 14.00

LUNCH in the Archbishop’s Library for His Beatitude, clergy and staff

14.00 – 14.30

Talk by Sister Hanan Youssef

14.30 – 14.50

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ Launch and summary by John Pontifex (Head of Press & Information)

14.50 – 15.30

Panel Questions and Answers

15.30 – 15.35

Closing Prayer + Blessing

16.00

His Beatitude gives 3 interviews to Lebanese and Iranian television and radio stations

Sunday, 20th October

11.30 

 

 

Melkite Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy at St Barnabas Church, Pimlico, presided over by His Beatitude, who also preaches the sermon.

Concelebrants Frs Shafiq Abouzayd, Robert Gibbons, John Salter and Dn Richard Downer

Talk on ACN and Syria – Dr John Newton.

13.00

Lunch hosted by Father Shafiq Abouzayd with Melkite parishioners and clergy at Leyalina Restaurant.

18.50

Flight from Heathrow to Glasgow, Scotland

20.30

To Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Glasgow.

Monday, 21st October

09.30

Mass at Poor Clares’ Convent, St Bride’s, Bothwell. Celebrant Fr Thomas Doyle. His Beatitude reads the Gospel and preaches the sermon

AM

Meeting with the Poor Clares.

11.00

To ACN headquarters, Motherwell to meet Lorraine McMahon, Head of Operations for ACN in Scotland.

11.15

His Beatitude gives a telephone interview to Fr Len Black for Moray Firth Radio.

13.00

Lunch with Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti and ACN staff at the Piccolo Mondo Restaurant, Glasgow.

18.00

Meeting with Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs at the Scottish Parliament.

19.00

Mass celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti at Christ the King Church, Glasgow. His Beatitude preaches the sermon.

20.30-22.30

Conference in Church Hall. His Beatitude and Sister Hanan speak and answer questions.

Tuesday, 22nd October

09.35

Flight from Glasgow to London Heathrow

15.25

His Beatitude’s flight departs for Germany


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)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God's Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. "Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" (Rom. 3:3). Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence.

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ