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

Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Beheading

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise, * but for you, O Forerunner, the Lord's testimony is enough, * for you were shown to be truly more honorable than the prophets, * in that you were deemed worthy to baptize in the currents the Lord whom you had proclaimed. * Wherefore, having struggled with joy for the truth, * even to those in Hades you proclaimed God, Who had appeared in flesh, * Who takes away the sin of the world * and grants us great mercy. (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.

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was part of God's divine plan * that he might proclaim the coming of the Savior even to those in Hades. * So let Herodius weep for having demanded a lawless murder; * for she loved neither God's Law nor eternal life,* but only this false and fleeting life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, before the fall ... participated in ... divine illumination and resplendence, and because he was truly clothed in a garment of glory he was not naked, nor was he unseemly by reason of his nakedness. He was far more richly adorned than those who now deck themselves out with diadems of gold and brightly sparkling jewels. St. Paul calls this divine illumination and grace our celestial dwelling when he says, 'For this we sigh, yearning to be clothed in our heavenly habitation, since clothed we will not be found naked' (2 Cor. 5:2).

St. Gregory Palamas (Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 67, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 377)