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

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (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.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and through the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your Church, Your commonwealth, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

St. John of the Ladder