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

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

While the Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered and slept: Give ear, ye prudent, to our Lord's parable, for it is all light. All of them slept, both the foolish and the wise -- Which signifies that the good and the wicked die until the resurrection. The same sleep comes upon the ten of them, which is as much as to say, That death is the same for all creation without distinction. One was the sleep of the wise and of the foolish, For one is death, both of the righteous and of sinners. The good die, as the wise virgins slept; And the bad die, as the foolish also slept. Behold, all creation looketh for the coming of the Bridegroom, Christ, Who cometh at the end with His angels. But since He hath tarried, all generations slumber and sleep with the sleep of death, while looking for when He cometh.

A Homily on the Ten Virgins by Mar Jacob, Bishop of Serugh