Thursday 24th October 2013

The Archbishop met and prayed with His Beatitude during his UK visit to raise awareness for Syria

Archbishop Justin embraces Patriarch Gregorios in his study at Lambeth Palace. Picture: Aid to the Church in Need

Archbishop Justin embraces Patriarch Gregorios in his study at Lambeth Palace. Picture: Aid to the Church in Need

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III to Lambeth Palace on Wednesday last week.

His Beatitude Gregorios III, who is President of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs in Syria, was visiting Britain to appeal for reconciliation in Syria and raise awareness of the crisis there.

He was invited to Lambeth Palace by Archbishop Justin, who over a shared meal offered a sign of shared suffering of the Church of England with people in Syria and across the region – and assured His Beatitude of the ongoing bonds between the Anglican and Orthodox churches.


See more at: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5165/archbishop-welcomes-patriarch-gregorios-to-lambeth-palace#sthash.9H14IaaE.dpuf


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)

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