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https://antiochian.org/regulararticle/1326

A Message from Metropolitan Joseph

September 2, 2022

Beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees and all the Faithful of our God-protected Archdiocese,

I greet all of you as we begin the new Ecclesiastical Year with much love and gratitude to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

With God’s mercy, on Saturday, September 3, 2022, I am traveling to the Monastery of Balamand in Lebanon for a meeting with Our Father in Christ, Patriarch John X scheduled for Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The only item on our agenda is the sorrowful attack on the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America via scandalous gossip regarding me at the head as its Metropolitan.

Know that the church, from its beginning, has always and will always be attacked. This is a time for serious fasting and prayer and as your father in Christ, I beseech you to do so as earnestly as you can. Pray for the church, pray for me, pray for our accusers and for those who wish us harm. Pray with all your heart that the truth be revealed in God’s time and for His purpose, to spare His church from harm and evil doers and to be merciful on us and on all those who disobey Him.

From the holy fathers we read, “…do not take pleasure in listening to gossip or criticisms, or the calumnies, which some people spread about their brethren; but either stop them, if you can, or withdraw, so as not to hear them.” (from Unseen Warfare)

It is the hour for this Archdiocese to stand in unity, strength and to be unwavering in our devotion to God and His holy church. Love one another and forgive one another.

Yours in the service of Christ,
+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of North America

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Do these type of ecclesio-political things never end? 🤔 *sigh*
May God hear the prayers of the just and faithful. Amen.
Kyrie Eleison.

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Prayers for our brothers in Christ in the Antiochian Archdiocese for all to be well in unity.

Lord, have mercy!

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His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has always greeted and treated me with gentleness and respect.

In my new, Ordained role I must seek his permission in order to enter and Commune with the Clergy of any Antiochian parish, which he has never denied me.

Since my own parish did not serve Liturgy for the Feast of the Indiction I obtained permission to Commune at the local Antiochian parish. it was a great blessing, particularly with all this "mess" that is swirling around.


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