Inviting European leaders to Be Messengers of Peace between Russia and Ukraine

Sunday, March 6th. 2022


With much love, trust, tears and faith, as retired Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, I address His Holiness Pope Francis, the heads of European episcopal councils, the presidents of the countries of the European Union, owners of large corporations and all people of good will,

asking them to launch a joint initiative for peace or a peace conference, as close as possible to the seat of conflict, staying there to pray, while appealing to Russian and Ukrainian presidents and those with civil authority for peace.

 I strongly believe that such an initiative could be the most efficient solution to stop war and its repercussions: devastation, destruction, death, migration, economic crises at a European and Middle Eastern and global level.

I ask you and humbly beseech you, praying that you listen to this appeal and am ready to follow it with action alongside you at the frontlines as a messenger of peace!
May our Saviour protect us and his mother, Ever-Virgin Mary, bless us with peace in the name of her Son, the Peace-Bringer.

Almighty God, give us peace, for you have given us everything.

Gregorios III

Patriarch Emeritus

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)