Programme of His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III

Münich, Germany


Arriving in Bavaria from Lebanon on 11 May, 2010, Patriarch Gregorios assembled his own personal programme from the selection of around 3,000 events on offer in Münich, during this Second Ecumenical Kirchentag scheduled for 12-16 May. This was an opportunity to attend discussions, gather information, exchange viewpoints and meet other people as well as to contribute to reflection, prayers, meditation or discussion.

Thursday 13 May

8.30-10.30 Pontifical Mass for Ascension Day-Catholic celebration of the Eucharist

With the host Archbishop in his cathedral, with a closing procession to the central Ecumenical Celebration at Odeonsplatz

Sermon: Archbishop Dr. Reinhard Marx, Münich

Music: Cathedral choir, youth choral group and cathedral brass band, Münich

In Dom zu unserer lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Lady), Frauenplatz 12

Language: German

 

Friday 14 May

14.00-16.00 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom- Service according to the Byzantine rite

Chief Celebrant: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Concelebrant: Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider SJ, Frankfurt-am-Main

Sermon: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Responses: Romanos Choir, St. George's Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt-am-Main

At St. Martin's Church (Moosach), Leipzigerstrasse, 11

Language: German

 

Saturday 15 May

09.30 - 10.30 Bible Study: a discussion with (Evangelical) Bishop Dr. Johannes Friedrich, Münich

At the Gasteig, Carl-Off-Saal, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

14.00-15.30 Vespers- Service according to the Byzantine rite

Chief Celebrant: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Concelebrant:  Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider SJ, Frankfurt-am-Main

Responses: Romanos Choir, St. George's Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt-am-Main

At St. Martin's Church (Moosach), Leipzigerstrasse, 11

Languages: various

 

Sunday 16 May

To the airport


V.C.


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let not us who would be Christians expect anything else than to be crucified....for to be Christian is to be crucified in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example and warning to us all. We must be crucified personally,mystically; for trough crucifixion is the only path to resurrection, if we would rise with Christ, we must be humbled with him even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.... We must be crucified outwardly in the eyes of the world, for Christ's kingdom is not of this world and world cannot bear it, even a single representative, even for the single moment.

Fr Seraphim Rose