St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
December 6, 2013
Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra is transformed in our modern secular culture as Santa Claus - the man in the red suit who brings gifts at Christmas to all those who are good. It is interesting - and telling - to consider what the Church remembers him for. Yes, he is said to have punched Arias in the nose for denying the divinity of Jesus. But most of the stories that come to us through history are of him living the Christian life - like providing a dowry to three young women so they could marry and avoid slavery (the three bags of gold he threw through their windows landed in their stockings, and so today we hang our stockings by the chimney with care). All of the stories about Archbishop Nicholas that come to us through history are about love for people - especially the poor. St. Nicholas was good. So good that his goodness shines through history - and radiates even from the man in the red suit. Such goodness can only be found in one who dwells intimately with Lord - for He is the only good One (Mt 19:17).
O holy father,
The fruit of your good works enlightens and delights the hearts of the faithful.
Who cannot wonder at your measureless patience and humility?
At your tender care for the poor?
At your compassion for the afflicted?
O holy Nicholas,
You have divinely taught all things well,
Now wearing your unfading crown,
You intercede for our souls.
(From the Vespers of St. Nicholas)
- Matins - John 10:9-16
- Divine Liturgy - Hebrews 13:17-21, Luke 6:17-23
The icon is of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, whose memory is celebrated by the Church on December 6th. Saint Nicholas exemplifies the blessings that Christ gives to those who follow Him. He gave of his riches, he filled the hungry, he comforted those who wept and he was persecuted for his faith. "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy for your reward is great in heaven!"
Nativity Fast / Advent
We continue our forty day Fast in preparation for the coming in the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior (Christmas). It began on November 14th, at the Conclusion of the Feast of the Holy Apostle Philip, and is commonly known as "Philip's Fast".
Melkite Patriarch greets Pope as Simon of Cyrene
- Created: 01 December 2013
Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate
of Antioch and All the East
of Alexandria and of Jerusalem
Rabweh 30 November 2013 - - Press Release
Pope Francis: We cannot resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians. The Church needs the heritage of the Christian East.
Gregorios III: We bring filial greetings from a Church proud to be in full communion with the See of Peter, a Church which is today a Church in need and for which Pope Francis is a Simon of Cyrene
His Beatitude Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem, accompanied by some 15 bishops, members of the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and nearly 500 lay pilgrims, came on Saturday 30 November, to bring to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the “filial and devoted greeting“ of a Church which is “proud to be in full communion with the See of Peter and with Your Holiness. We have been most faithful to this communion despite persecutions which made us for decades a Church of the catacombs.”
Sardinia will welcome Gregorios III Laham
- Created: 01 December 2013
The Patriarch of Antioch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church will visit the island on the occasion of the closure of the Year of Faith
Sardinia continues to live fully the Year of Faith, according to the appeal of Benedict XVI, Pope Francis and Archbishop Arrigo Miglio, praying, meditating, witnessing, making pilgrimages and loving one another in accordance with the Word of the Gospel.
The island experienced a big event during the course of the month of September, hosting Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the sanctuary of our Lord of Bonaria, which together with his words gave consolation and courage to all the islanders, to go forward believing in Jesus Christ, notwithstanding the difficulties of every day life, entrusting themselves to Mary, Mother of the Church.
On next 24 November, the Pope will close the Year of Faith with a solemn Eucharistic celebration in Saint Peter’s Square, in which all the Eastern Catholic Patriarchs, bishops from all continents and faithful from all over the world will participate.
On the same day, His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch, and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, will arrive at Elmas airport for a three-day visit.