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Patriarch Gregorios III celebrates Christmas in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt - His Beautitude, Patriarch Gregorios III traveled to Egypt to celebrate Christmas. Photo coverage is below.

 Melkite clergy assembled with His Beatitude and the Patriarchal Vicar, Georges Bakar at the Patriarchate
Melkite clergy assembled with His Beatitude and the Patriarchal Vicar, Georges Bakar at the Patriarchate


 Pope Tawadros II greeting His Beatitude for New Calendar Christmas
 Pope Tawadros II greeting His Beatitude for New Calendar Christmas
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Night 24 December
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Night 24 December
 Representatives of President Sisi and of the Egyptian Home Office greeting His Beatitude
 Representatives of President Sisi and of the Egyptian Home Office greeting His Beatitude
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity, concelebrating with Priest Paul and another priest
 His Beatitude during the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity, concelebrating with Priest Paul and another priest

Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

A LIght to Enlighten

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

According to the text, `We are the body of Christ and each of us is one of its members' (cf. 1 Cor. 12:27), we are said to be the body of Christ. We do not become this body through the loss of our own bodies; nor again because Christ's Body passes into us hypostatically or is divided into members; but rather because we conform to the likeness of the Lord's flesh by shaking off the corruption of sin. For just as Christ in His manhood was sinless by nature both in flesh and in soul, so we too who believe in Him, and have clothed ourselves in Him through the Spirit, can be without sin to Him if we so choose.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Second Century on Theology, Philokalia, V. 2