Sunday, 4 December 2016

His Beatitude visited the Melkite parish in London, where he served the Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating were the parish priest, Father Shafiq Abouzayd, the assistant priest Father Robert Gibbons, together with Deacon Richard Downer.

His Beatitude preached on the need to remain faithful to the Eastern Christian heritage, as light comes from the East. He also congratulated clergy of the Melkite Church and members of the congregation whose name day falls on this day or in succeeding days: so all those named for St John of Damascus, St Barbara and St Nicholas.

At the close of the Liturgy, His Beatitude presented the patriarchal Cross of Jerusalem to Father Robert, in recognition of his service to the Melkite Church as Ecumenical Canon for the Diocese of Edmonton, Canada and for his work in Oxford and London at various institutes of learning.

Also receiving the patriarchal Cross during this visit was Valerie Chamberlain, who has worked for some years translating and editing His Beatitude’s writings, such as appeals, reports on relief work, pastoral letters and so forth.

Visit to Heythrop College, University of London

Earlier, on Friday 2 December, shortly after arriving in London from Dublin, Ireland, His Beatitude visited the Centre for Eastern Christianity at Heythrop College at the invitation of Mr Anthony O’Mahony. There His Beatitude gave a guest lecture to a circle of Oriental scholars, representatives of Catholic charities and members of the press about the situation in Syria today. After speaking for over an hour about the crisis and the suffering of Syrians in the conflict that has been taking place for more than five years, His Beatitude took questions and gave specific answers on a variety of topics relating to the crisis and asked for more action for peace on the part of Bishops’ Conferences and political leaders in Europe.  

V.C.


Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. You can see for yourself how terrible it is.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven