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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

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Transfiguration

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)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

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

For Christians above all men are forbidden to correct the stumblings of sinners by force...it is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion. We neither have autority granted us by law to restrain sinners, nor, if it were, should we know how to use it, since God gives the crown to those who are kept from evil, not by force, but by choice.

St. John Chrysostom