Ain Traz
22 June 2014

His Beatitude Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch of the Melkite Greek Catholics, with the assent of the Synod of Bishops of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, has transferred:

- Archbishop George Bacaouni, previously of the archeparchy of Tyre of the Melkite Greek Catholics in Lebanon to the archeparchy of Acre (80,000 laypersons, 36 priests, 36 religious, 4 permanent deacons) in Galilee

- Archbishop Michael Abrass B.A., previously of the patriarchal curia of Antioch of the Melkite Greek Catholics in Lebanon to the archeparchy of Tyre of the Melkite Greek Catholics (3,050 laypersons 8 priests, 6 religious) in Lebanon.

Melkite Patriarchate’s Press Release


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9 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

Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits. 

St. Isaac the Syrian