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Photo Coverage: Patriarch Gregorios III's Trip to the United Kingdom

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

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 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

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ