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

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)


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

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another – his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects – is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk