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

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 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

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

BROTHER: What is purity of soul?

OLD MAN: Remoteness from anger and from the error of the remembrance of evil things, and being weaned from the bitter nature, and reconciliation with our enemies, and peace which is beyond troubling, and simplicity of love which is above this world; with these things is the inner man cleansed, and he puts on Christ and is redeemed.

E. A. Wallis Budge, "The Paradise of the Holy Fathers"