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

Joachim and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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.

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)