Cairo - The funeral of the late V. Rev. Paul Antaki, Titular Archbishop of Nubia and Patriarchal Vicar Emeritus in Egypt and Sudan, who died on 29 December 2011, was celebrated on Tuesday 3 January 2012 in the Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral of Cairo, presided over by H. B. Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem.

Concelebrating the funeral service were Abp. George Bakar, current Patriarchal Vicar in Egypt and Abp. Joseph Jules Zerey, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Abp. Elias Chacour of Acre and All Galilee, Abp. Yasser Ayyash of Petra and Philadelphia in Arabia and Met. John-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo together with several priests of the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria.

Also present were representatives of H.H. Shenouda III, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, of H.B. Cardinal Antonios (Naguib) Coptic Catholic Patriarch, (who had been in hospital for some days), and of other Churches present in Egypt, Maronite, Syriac Catholic, Armenian Catholic and Latin, as well as Abp. Michael L. Fitzgerald, Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, and many priests, monks, nuns and faithful, members of the diplomatic community, politicians and members of the armed forces.

In the funeral address, Patriarch Gregorios sketched out the life of the late Archbishop, who would have been 85 on 16 January, emphasising his pastoral commitment, his great piety and his devotion to the Most Holy Mother of God.

The burial then took place in the crypt of the cathedral, where lie the mortal remains of Patriarch Maximos III (Mazloum 1779-1855) and Archbishop Pierre Kamel Medawar (1887-1955).

H. H. Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of heartfelt condolence, as did the Patriarchs of the Maronite, Syrian Catholic and Armenian Catholic Churches, the Catholic Archbishop of Cyprus, the bishops of the Melkite eparchies of the Middle East and of the expansion, and many other religious and civil figures.

Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)


You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ