Programme of His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III

Münich, Germany


Arriving in Bavaria from Lebanon on 11 May, 2010, Patriarch Gregorios assembled his own personal programme from the selection of around 3,000 events on offer in Münich, during this Second Ecumenical Kirchentag scheduled for 12-16 May. This was an opportunity to attend discussions, gather information, exchange viewpoints and meet other people as well as to contribute to reflection, prayers, meditation or discussion.

Thursday 13 May

8.30-10.30 Pontifical Mass for Ascension Day-Catholic celebration of the Eucharist

With the host Archbishop in his cathedral, with a closing procession to the central Ecumenical Celebration at Odeonsplatz

Sermon: Archbishop Dr. Reinhard Marx, Münich

Music: Cathedral choir, youth choral group and cathedral brass band, Münich

In Dom zu unserer lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Lady), Frauenplatz 12

Language: German

 

Friday 14 May

14.00-16.00 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom- Service according to the Byzantine rite

Chief Celebrant: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Concelebrant: Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider SJ, Frankfurt-am-Main

Sermon: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Responses: Romanos Choir, St. George's Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt-am-Main

At St. Martin's Church (Moosach), Leipzigerstrasse, 11

Language: German

 

Saturday 15 May

09.30 - 10.30 Bible Study: a discussion with (Evangelical) Bishop Dr. Johannes Friedrich, Münich

At the Gasteig, Carl-Off-Saal, Rosenheimer Strasse 5

14.00-15.30 Vespers- Service according to the Byzantine rite

Chief Celebrant: Gregorios III, Patriarch, Damascus, Syria

Concelebrant:  Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider SJ, Frankfurt-am-Main

Responses: Romanos Choir, St. George's Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt-am-Main

At St. Martin's Church (Moosach), Leipzigerstrasse, 11

Languages: various

 

Sunday 16 May

To the airport


V.C.


Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Nativity of the Mother of God

Your nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, * heralded joy to all the world; * for from you has dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * and, having annulled the curse, He gave the blessing * and by destroying Death He granted us eternal life. (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.

Through your holy nativity, O Immaculate One, * Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness, * and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. * Delivered from the guilt of sin, your people celebrate this as they cry out to you: * "The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God, the Nourisher of our Life." (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God on September 8th.

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

“It is necessary most of all for one who is fasting to curb anger, to accustom himself to meekness and condescension, to have a contrite heart, to repulse impure thoughts and desires, to examine his conscience, to put his mind to the test and to verify what good has been done by us in this or any other week, and which deficiency we have corrected in ourselves in the present week. This is true fasting.”

Saint John Chrysostom