Deisis (Novogorod)

The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch

The Patriarchal Vicar for the Syrian Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom (one parish) is Metropolitan Touma Hazim Dakkama (5 Canning Road, Croydon, CR0 6QB). Metropolitan Kuriakose Theophilose (resident in the church’s seminary in India) is Patriarchal Vicar for Malankara Syrian Orthodox in Europe and the United Arab Emirates. He oversees 13 parishes in the United Kingdom and four in Ireland. The Malankara Syrian Orthodox contact in the UK is Fr. Eldhose Koungampillil (97 Cadogan Gardens, South Woodford, London E18 1LY).

In September 2003 the Syrian Patriarch ordained Mor Militius Malke Lahdo (born 1971, elected 2003) as the first Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand (82 Joseph Street, Lidcombe, PO Box 257, Sydney, NSW 2141). There are seven parishes in Australia and one in New Zealand.

Location: Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, India, diaspora
Head: Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (born 1933, elected 1980)
Title: Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Residence: Maarrat Sednaya (Damascus), Syria
Membership: 500,000, plus 1,200,000 in India

Forefathers

Through faith, O Christ, you justified the Forefathers, * betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles. * The Saints exult in glory, * for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: * she who gave birth to You without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us. (Troparion, Tone 2)

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

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but, defended by the undepicted Being, you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do all in your power not to fall, for the strong athlete should not fall. But if you do fall, get up again at once and continue the contest. Even if you fall a thousand times because of the withdrawal of God's grace, rise up again each time, and keep on doing this until the day of your death. For it is written, 'If a righteous man falls down seven times' - that is, repeatedly throughout his life - 'seven times shall he rise again' [Prov. 24:16].

John of Karpathos