vatican.va - The Holy Father Francis has granted his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Antioch of the Syrians of the Rev. Charles Georges Mrad as bishop of the Curia, assigning him the titular seat of Zorava,

Rev. Charles Georges Mrad

Rev. Charles Georges Mrad was born on 15 April 1969 in Beyrouth. Lebanon. After his institutional studies at the Charfet Seminary, he obtained a licentiate in theology from the Saint-Esprit University of Kalish and a licentiate in civil law from the “La Sagesse” University of Beirut. In 2003 he obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

He was ordained on 18 July 1993 for the Patriarchal Eparchy where, until now he has served as parish priest, university professor and judge at the Patriarchal Court.

He speaks fluent Arabic, Syriac, French, English and Italian.


Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 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

"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

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica