vatican.va - The Holy Father Francis has granted his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Antioch of the Syrians of the Rev. Charles Georges Mrad as bishop of the Curia, assigning him the titular seat of Zorava,

Rev. Charles Georges Mrad

Rev. Charles Georges Mrad was born on 15 April 1969 in Beyrouth. Lebanon. After his institutional studies at the Charfet Seminary, he obtained a licentiate in theology from the Saint-Esprit University of Kalish and a licentiate in civil law from the “La Sagesse” University of Beirut. In 2003 he obtained a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

He was ordained on 18 July 1993 for the Patriarchal Eparchy where, until now he has served as parish priest, university professor and judge at the Patriarchal Court.

He speaks fluent Arabic, Syriac, French, English and Italian.


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)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina