Bishop's Messages

A Pastoral Letter for the Great and Holy Lent, 2021

Once more we stand at the threshold of that Blessed Season which is the Great and Holy Lent. This year the Fast will begin on Monday, 15th February. This day, the seventh Monday before Pascha is traditionally known as Clean or Pure Monday, Καθαρά Δευτέρα. Our kitchens should be clean of all non-fasting foods and their derivatives. 

 

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Blessed Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 2020 and for the Feast of the Glorious Theophany, 2021

Twelve months ago, as I prepared some Christmas thoughts to share with you, little could we know what the year ahead would bring. Who would ever have thought that we would find ourselves speaking about the “new normal”. This pandemic year has given us good reason to think upon the uncertainty of our daily affairs, and at the same time, to be keenly aware of the necessity of placing all things before the Good Lord.

 

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and All the Bodiless Powers of Heaven

A Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and All the Bodiless Powers of Heaven, 8 November 2020.

 

A Pastoral Message to the Clergy and Faithful of our Holy Eparchy concerning the recent disaster in Beirut

A Pastoral Message to the Clergy and Faithful of our Holy Eparchy concerning the recent disaster in Beirut, 4 August 2020.

A letter to Melkite Clergy, the virus codenamed COVID-19 is real

The first thing that must be said, and said without equivocation, is that the biological cause of the present pandemic, a virus codenamed COVID-19, is real. This virus is as real as any other microbiological pathogen that has assailed humanity throughout the millennia.