CWN - The head of the Maronite Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, denounced the assassination of Mohamad Chatah (also spelled Shatah), a Sunni Muslim politician who served as Lebanon’s ambassador to the United States (1997-2000) and finance minister (2008-9).

The Shi’a Muslim terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government, is suspected in the car-bomb attack that killed eight.

“With Chatah’s assassination, Lebanon has lost a face of moderation,” said Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, as quoted in the Beirut-based Daily Star.


Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)