CWN - A synod of the Melkite Catholic Church has been postponed, after half of the Melkite bishops boycotted the meeting in a bid to force the resignation of Patriarch Gregory III Laham.

"I shall not resign," Patriarch Gregory declared, denouncing the boycott.

Archbishop Cyrille Bustos of Beirut has led a movement pushing for the Patriarch's resignation, saying that his leadership has weakened the Melkite Church. Archbishop Bustos and ten other prelates refused to attend this week's synod meeting, which was held in Lebanon. Without them, the meeting lacked a quorum, so the synod was postponed.

Archbishop Bustos and his allies had written to the Vatican Congregation for the Eastern Churches, urging the removal of Patriarch Gregory. But the Vatican replied that the matter should be handled by the Melkite hierarchy, acting in synod. 

Patriarch Gregory said that the bishops' failure to attend the synod was "an act of open ecclesiastical rebellion against patriachal authority and that of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, as well as against a clear provision of canon law." He pointed out that there is no provision in the Eastern canonical code for the removal of a patriarch, except by his death or his voluntary resignation. 

The Patriarch asked all Melkite bishops to attend a synod meeting in October, at which he called for a "respectful, frank, and transparent debate."

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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)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina