John Pontifex interviews Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch at Aid to the Church in Need's UK office. The Patriarch, who is the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, was visiting the UK as the guest-of-honour at Aid to the Church in Need's Persecuted but never forgotten events in London and Glasgow. In this interview he talks about what life has been like for Christians in war-torn Syria, as well as the vital help Aid to the Church in Need is offering.

You can also watch Patriach Gregorios III's talk at Westminster Event at: http://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.acnuk.org%2Fevents.php%2F297%2Faid-to-the-church-in-need-2013-westminster-mass-and-event%3Fpast%3D1&session_token=XqStdFNc1yVFmi1ugQ0X2RrEi-58MTM4MzUxMTEyNEAxMzgzNDI0NzI0

Video courtesy Aid to the Church in Need.


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)