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Visit of H.B. Patriarch Gregory III to our community

Visit of H.B. Gregory III Patriach of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem, to our little community. Church of San Maurizio, Milan Italy, 30 Sept 2012
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Great, antv! I am happy you had the opportunity to enjoy from the strong and charismatic presence of our Patriarch, as we had when he visited Brazil in 2010.

Is it a Byzantine community?

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Yes we in Milan are a Byzantine little community, which core is Italo-.Albanian. His Beatitude was in Milan for other issues, and we offered him to celebrate the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy with us. We have been very lucky smile

We asked in advance if His Beatitude perhaps preferred to have the Liturgy with some cuts (we celebrate it in its lenght), but luckly we were said that His Beatitude wants to celebrate strictly according to the books.
The Liturgy was celebrated in Greek (minor parts in Italian, Arabic, Albanian), and His Beatitude knows very well the Greek and sings it with a strong and tuned voice. Also during the following lunch H.B. sung some Greek pieces.

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Wonderful! Thank you for sharing, my friend!

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
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Originally Posted by antv
Yes we in Milan are a Byzantine little community, which core is Italo-.Albanian. His Beatitude was in Milan for other issues, and we offered him to celebrate the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy with us. We have been very lucky smile

We asked in advance if His Beatitude perhaps preferred to have the Liturgy with some cuts (we celebrate it in its lenght), but luckly we were said that His Beatitude wants to celebrate strictly according to the books.
The Liturgy was celebrated in Greek (minor parts in Italian, Arabic, Albanian), and His Beatitude knows very well the Greek and sings it with a strong and tuned voice. Also during the following lunch H.B. sung some Greek pieces.

Thank you for sharing this! It sounds like he enjoyed this visit with your parish very much. smile


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