Protocol 469/2012R
Rabweh, 13/09/2012

Respect for the faith of others
Condemnation of the film defamatory to Islam

As Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and Head of the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy in Syria, we denounce the disgraceful film produced by some inhumane faction whose objective is to sow discord and animosity in society.

We also condemn the violent and uncivilised reaction of certain groups, which cannot claim to be defending Islam as they are far removed from the Muslim way of thinking, since the best way of defending Islam is to live and behave according to Islamic values.

We call everyone to love, mutual respect, encounter and dialogue, and to live according to their holy faith in order to construct a better world, a world civilised by faith, hope and love.

Gregorios III (Laham)

Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Of Alexandria and of Jerusalem


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)