Damascus - Newly returned to Syria via Lebanon after his annual pastoral visit to Egypt, His Beatitude, assisted by the Patriarchal Vicar, Archbishop Joseph Absi, and twenty-five priests of the Patriarchate, celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs on the evening of Sunday 30 January 2011 at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Damascus. Representatives from the Greek Orthodox and Syrian Orthodox Antiochian patriarchates and bishops of different Orthodox and Catholic Churches in Damascus attended the celebration. The week before, His Beatitude had celebrated his patronal feast of Saint Gregory the Theologian in Cairo.

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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)