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

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul has followed Moses and the cloud, both of these serving as guides for those who would advance in virtue; Moses here represents the commandments of the Law; and the cloud that leads the way, its spiritual meaning. The soul has been purified by crossing the Sea; it has removed from itself and destroyed the enemy army. It has tasted of the waters of Marah, that is, of life deprived of all sinful pleasure; and this at first had seemed bitter and unpleasant to the taste but offered a sensation of sweetness to those who accepted the wood. Next it enjoyed the beauty of the palm trees of the gospel and the springs; it filled itself with the living water, that is, the rock. It took within itself the bread of heaven. It overwhelmed the foreign host - a victory due to the extended arms of the Lawgiver, which thus foreshadowed the mystery of the Cross. Only then can the soul go on to the contemplation of transcendent Being.

St. Gregory of Nyssa