Inviting European leaders to Be Messengers of Peace between Russia and Ukraine

Sunday, March 6th. 2022


With much love, trust, tears and faith, as retired Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, I address His Holiness Pope Francis, the heads of European episcopal councils, the presidents of the countries of the European Union, owners of large corporations and all people of good will,

asking them to launch a joint initiative for peace or a peace conference, as close as possible to the seat of conflict, staying there to pray, while appealing to Russian and Ukrainian presidents and those with civil authority for peace.

 I strongly believe that such an initiative could be the most efficient solution to stop war and its repercussions: devastation, destruction, death, migration, economic crises at a European and Middle Eastern and global level.

I ask you and humbly beseech you, praying that you listen to this appeal and am ready to follow it with action alongside you at the frontlines as a messenger of peace!
May our Saviour protect us and his mother, Ever-Virgin Mary, bless us with peace in the name of her Son, the Peace-Bringer.

Almighty God, give us peace, for you have given us everything.

Gregorios III

Patriarch Emeritus

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.