Rabweh 2 May 2013

Press release from the Melkite Greek Catholic Chancellery:

Pope Francis has today ratified the episcopal election by the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, on 22 June 2012, of Archimandrite Nicolas Antiba as Metropolitan of Bosra, Hauran and Jabal al-Arab. The Very Reverend Nicolas Antiba succeeds His Grace Mgr Boulos Borkhosh, who has offered his resignation upon reaching the canonical age. Mgr Borkhosh had been elected bishop in 1983.

There follows a brief biographical notice about His Grace Mgr Nicolas Antiba:

Nicolas Antiba was born in Aleppo, Syria, on 25 December 1945. On 23 June 1964 he took his first religious vows in the Aleppine Basilian Order. In 1967 his Order sent him to Rome to pursue his philosophical and theological studies at the Gregorian University where he gained a licentiate. He was ordained priest in 1971.

From 1971 to 1978 he continued his studies in Semitic Languages and Holy Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute where he obtained a licentiate and completed the year preparatory to the Doctorate in order to obtain a master’s degree in Holy Scripture.

In 1978, his Order sent him to the United States as priest to the Parish of Saint Ann in West Paterson, New Jersey.

In 1989, he was elected Superior General of the Aleppine Basilian Order and elevated to Archimandrite.

In 1995 the Congregation of Oriental Churches appointed him Apostolic Visitor to the Congregation of Aleppine Basilian Sisters.

In 1996 His Beatitude Maximos V called him to the Patriarchal Major Seminary of Saint Anna to provide spiritual leadership and be in charge of the pastoral year.

In 2000 His Beatitude Gregorios III appointed him Chancellor of the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Rabweh, Lebanon.

In 2002 His Beatitude Gregorios III appointed him Parish Priest of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre in Paris, raising him to the rank of Exarch.

Archimandrite Nicolas served on several committees of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Catholic Churches and his own Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
 
He taught Holy Scripture at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, the Antonine University and the St. Paul Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Lebanon.
He is the author of several studies and articles on topics in theology, Holy Scripture, liturgy and spirituality.

He is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Italian and has a working knowledge of German, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Armenian.

The date of his episcopal ordination will be confirmed later.

Father Antony Dib
Chancellor


Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

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)

Entry into Jerusalem

As we were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, * we were made worthy of immortal life by Your Resurrection, * and we praise You in song, crying out: * “Hosanna in the highest! * Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the 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.

As you were carried upon a throne in heaven and upon a colt on earth, * O Christ God, you accepted the praise of angels and the songs of children who cry out to You: * “Blessed are You Who has come to to call back Adam!” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We ought to learn the virtues through practicing them, not merely through talking about them, so that by acquiring the habit of them we do not forget what is of benefit to us. 'The kingdom of God', St. Paul says, 'resides not in words but in power' (I Cor. 4:20). For he who tries to discover things through actual practice will come to understand what gain or loss lies in any activity that he pursues..."

St. Peter of Damaskos (Book 1:A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 183)