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Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Patriarch Serves in London - 08/06/11 05:44 PM
PATRIARCH SVIATOSLAV SERVES IN LONDON


For about six years, Bishop Hlib has been Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Exarchate in England. Recently, on the recommendation of the Holy Synod of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Hierarchs, Pope Benedict XVI, elevated Bishop Hlib to the rank of full Apostolic Exarch in Britain. On Tuesday, 2 August, the feast of the Holy Prophet Elias, His Beatitude Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych And All Rus, enthroned Bishop Hlib and served Pontifical Divine Liturgy, with the concelebration of Bishop Hlib, Bishop Michael of Paris, Bishop Peter of Munich, the Papal Nuncio, and some half-dozen Roman Catholic bishops, and about eight Priests, including Father Taras Lonchyna (Bishop Hlib’s brother, who had come from the USA) and Father Archimandrite Serge of Dublin, representing the Greek-Catholics in Ireland. As a pledge of obedience, each Greek-Catholic priest approached Bishop Hlib for an individual blessing. Since it was a working day, the cathedral was rather more than 2/3 filled with the faithful.

The Patriarch serves with great beauty and magnificence, and strict accordance with the liturgical tradition. For those who can remember the troubled years at the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic cathedral in London, the Patriarchal Liturgy seemed like a miracle. The choir sang wonderfully. The hierarchs and clergy all commemorated the Patriarch, and while nobody actually grinned at these commemorations, the eyes of hierarchs and clergy were twinkling.

Surprisingly, the Patriarch, hierarchs and clergy used considerable English in the Divine Liturgy, perhaps for the benefit of the Latin hierarchs who were present.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy the Patriarch distributed the Antidoron and the choir sang the “Hymn for the Patriarch”; the clergy joined in happily. The Nuncio spoke briefly, offering congratulations and good wishes, both to the Patriarch and to Bishop Hlib.

After the service and time to unvest, there was a reception and buffet luncheon in the cathedral hall.

Some of the out-of town guests stayed the night. On the Wednesday Bishop Hlib brought the Patriarch to visit several parishes in England.
Posted By: StuartK Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/06/11 06:20 PM
No pictures? No video?
Posted By: Chtec Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/06/11 06:42 PM
Originally Posted by Fr Serge Keleher
...and the choir sang the “Hymn for the Patriarch”


What is this hymn?

Dn. David
Posted By: Irish Melkite Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/06/11 06:56 PM
Thank you, Father Serge.

(Any chance that we'll see you reporting about being present at the enthronement of Bishop Nicholas here in Massachusetts? If so, either email or PM me some arrival info.)

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/06/11 10:05 PM
Alas, I cannot come to America - arthritis is enough of a headache going to London.

The "Hymn for the Patriarch" was written by the late Mitred Archpriest Marian Butrynsky, and became immensely popular in England among Ukrainian Greek-Catholics; it is sung at the end of the Divine Liturgy and upset the late Bishop Augustine more than words can describe.

Fr Serge
Posted By: StuartK Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/07/11 12:27 AM
A bunch of us could get together and buy you an upgrade to business class. Believe me, it makes a difference.
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/07/11 03:00 PM
Certainly business class makes a difference - being able to stretch out my legs and be able to stretch out the rest of myself is fantastic (I once managed to promote myself a business class round trip from Dublin to Australia to give a couple of lectures).

I have often asked why they will not give unsold business class tickets to those certified by a physician to need such service. I've never had a serious answer.

Fr. Serge
Posted By: StuartK Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/07/11 04:46 PM
The USG allows its employees to fly business class on any flights longer than seven hours. When I can, I write business class into my contracts for long-distance flights, and when I can't, I spend some of those frequent flyer miles to upgrade. Some day, I hope to be able to fly first class, just once.

But I was serious--I bet a lot of us would, if given sufficient notice, be willing to buy you an upgrade--either with cash or with miles--so you can come here.
Posted By: Administrator Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/07/11 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by StuartK
But I was serious--I bet a lot of us would, if given sufficient notice, be willing to buy you an upgrade--either with cash or with miles--so you can come here.

Stuart is quite correct. I'd help, either with $ or miles.
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/07/11 08:40 PM
And I'm serious - give me an upgrade to business class or first class (I can dream, can't I?) and if the date fits, I'll see you there. Where and when is Bishop Nicholas to be enthroned?

Fr. Serge
Posted By: StuartK Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/07/11 09:17 PM
I've been wondering myself. The interregnum has lasted more than a month, now. We commemorate Patriarch Gregorios, but no archbishop.
Posted By: griego catolico Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/08/11 03:04 AM
Originally Posted by Fr Serge Keleher
Where and when is Bishop Nicholas to be enthroned?


Here is the info:

Enthronement of Bishop Nicholas Will Take Place on 23 August

His Grace, Bishop Nicholas J. Samra, will be enthroned as the fifth Eparchial Bishop of the Diocese of Newton and the sixth Bishop of the Melkite Catholics in the USA at 2 pm on Tuesday 23 August during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation in West Roxbury, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston). The former Eparch of Newton, Archbishop Cyril S. Bustros, now Metropolitan of Beirut, will be the installing bishop, in the presence of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) to the United States [note: His Excellency fell asleep in Lord on July 27]... All the Melkite faithful are invited to the Enthronement and to the Reception in the Cathedral Center. The cost for the reception will be $60... Bishop Nicholas has asked all the priests of the Diocese to come to the ceremonies and to stay until the following day for a meeting at which our new Bishop will outline his vision and plans for our American Melkite Church...

Also...

New Bishop Outlines His Vision for our Church at Convention

At the recent 47th National Melkite Convention in Newport Beach, our new Eparch, Bishop Nicholas Samra, gave a talk in which he outlined some aspects of his vision for our Melkite Church in the USA. The four main categories into which his ideas fall could be named as follows: Church Identity, Priests, Stewardship, and Cooperation with Other Churches. He told us that the greatest need of our Church is to build up its spiritual identity and to get away from seeing itself as an “Arab Church” or an “ethnic club.” By praying, worshipping, and studying, we can properly value our heritage and traditions and still be a Church that is alive and open to all people who want to come to Jesus Christ. We can no longer rely on bringing priests from the Middle East to serve in our American Church. We need to raise up men from our own families and our own communities to serve our people as priests. We will look forward to ordaining properly qualified and trained married men as priests. As our Eparch, Bishop Samra will visit each parish to explain stewardship and to encourage all our people to give back to God with generosity from the time, talent, and treasure God has given us. If we do not support our parishes in every way, we will not have churches to attend. Finally, Bishop Nicholas foresees greater cooperation with other Churches for education, worship, social projects, and so on.
Posted By: Irish Melkite Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/08/11 05:35 AM
Thanks GC. My apologies - I thought I had posted that info previously.

I've not yet heard anything as to who will represent the Vatican in light of the recent repose of the Apostolic Nuncio.

Father Exarch Joe Haggar (St Basil's, Providence) has been elected as Administrator of the Eparchy, to serve as such until the enthronement.

Archbishop Cyril has already been enthroned in his new See and I think that Bishop Issam has, as well.

Archimandrite Robert will be ordained to the episcopate in the Middle East (Lebanon, I believe) in Sept. I have the date somewhere. I haven't yet heard when he will be enthroned in Australia.

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/08/11 11:16 AM
Hmm. I must check and see what can be booked in business class to get me there in good time for the celebration in the cathedral. This time of year, reservations are tight.

Fr. Serge
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/08/11 04:02 PM
Please be seated - I nearly fainted. Aer Lingus wants a mere 3,176.06 euros for the round-trip business class fare from Dublin to Boston and return.

What time is the installation Divine Liturgy in Boston?


Fr. Serge
Posted By: griego catolico Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/08/11 06:25 PM
Originally Posted by Fr Serge Keleher
What time is the installation Divine Liturgy in Boston?


2PM according to the cathedral's bulletin: http://www.melkitecathedral.org/bulletin/bulletin.pdf

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Save the Date
The Enthronement of the Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas J. Samra as Eparch of the Diocese of Newton will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. in our
Cathedral
Posted By: StuartK Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/08/11 11:24 PM
Continental and Delta also fly non-stop Dublin to New York.
Posted By: Philippe Gebara Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/09/11 03:25 AM
Wonderful insights of His Grace Nicholas! Thanks for the register.

His Grace Issam has not been installed yet in Zahle's Eparchy, he will be installed in the paramonia of Dormition, as you can see below.

And Arch. Robert is going to be ordained in mid-september, yes, in Lebanon.

I will look for provide some photos of Archbishop Cyril's installation.

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News of Lebanon
On 22 July at the Cathedral of Saint Elias, Beirut, Archbishop Joseph Kallas installed his successor, Archbishop Cyril Boustros, as Bishop of Beirut.


On 5 August, the Eve of the Transfiguration, the Basilian Order of the Most Holy Saviour will be celebrating the tercentenary of its foundation under the patronage of the President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Sleiman and in the presence of His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III, and the Superior General of the Order, Jean Faraj. His Beatitude will also celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration in the monastery by presiding at the Divine Liturgy on 6 August.


On 13 August, the new Bishop of Zahleh, Issam Darwish, will arrive to be installed by his predecessor in post, Andre Haddad, during the Divine Liturgy on 14 August, in readiness for the celebration of the Feast of the Dormition, on 15 August, the Patronal Feast of the Cathedral, when the new bishop will preside.

http://pgc-lb.org/english/News4_Summer-2011-News.html
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/09/11 12:35 PM
I have had bad experiences with Continental.

Fr. Serge
Posted By: rome1453 Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/09/11 12:42 PM
Too bad Ryan Air doesn't fly to the USA and have business class.
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/09/11 03:20 PM
True!

Being a technological moron as I am, could someone kindly look up the Business Class cost and schedule of Delta? Thanks.

Fr.Serge
Posted By: akemner Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/10/11 12:07 AM
It looks like Delta is around 4,000 euros to Laguardia, and 3,100 euros to JFK, and about 3,100-3,400 euros to Boston (leave Dublin Monday morning and go back Wednesday).
Posted By: StuartK Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/10/11 12:43 AM
I saw 2860 Euros. But I posited a one week stay including a weekend.

Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/10/11 07:26 AM
Good grief - these prices are ridiculous. I can't stay over the weekend, unfortunately.

Fr. Serge
Posted By: griego catolico Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/10/11 12:43 PM
For those of us who will be unable to attend the enthronement, has there been any discussion of broadcasting it via the 'net?
Posted By: Irish Melkite Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/11/11 04:27 AM
I suspect that it will be filmed by TeleLuminiere (?sp), but other than that, I doubt it.

Many years,

Neil
Posted By: akemner Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/11/11 10:07 PM
I was posting total price, which was below the 2800 (fees and taxes, I think). It does seem to be pretty high, maybe because of the Monday flight.
Posted By: Fr Serge Keleher Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/12/11 11:50 AM
A friend in England misunderstood and thought the enthronement would be in late September, when the cost goes down to some degree. He almost booked tickets for me for a week in late September - when I have no reason to go and could not go - but had the good success in telephoning me just now. The riots in England have been "extraordinary".

Fr. Serge
Posted By: dochawk Re: Patriarch Serves in London - 08/20/11 02:19 AM
Originally Posted by StuartK
Some day, I hope to be able to fly first class, just once.



A few years ago, I was flying here for a conference (during my eastern exile).

I got to my seat (coach; university . . .)', and not only was there someone in it, but someone else was claiming it, too!

The man in the seat asked to see both our stubs, and announced it was my seat--and that this was my lucky day.

He very much needed to speak to the man in the next seat. He handed me his stub, and told me that I was now "Mr. smith."

It was a wonderful flight . . .
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