Jerusalem and Antioch in the wake of the Sunday of Forgiveness

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (Levant) that convened under the call of His Beatitude Youhanna (John Yazigi) at the Monastery of Balamand on March 13th, 2013, issued two documents relating to the ordination/consecration of Fr. Archimandrite Makarios to the rank of episcopacy with the title of “Archbishop of Qatar”. The Patriarchate of Antioch and All the Levant vehemently contests this ordination as “archbishop of a territory that is part of the territory of the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East”. The documents also relate to the fact that Qatar is under the omophoron of Met. Constantine of the Patriarchate of Antioch in charge of the Gulf Emirates and region.
I had been alerted long before by an address written by M. Carol Saba, official Speaker of the Conference of the Orthodox Bishops in France and active member of the Patriarchate of antioch, who issues “les Chroniques Antiochiennes” on the life of his Patriarchate.
The documents state that contacts have been done with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomaios of Constantinople as also with the other Church leaders. I take the opportunity to write this for the following reasons:
– I am serving at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem that is the official Orthodox Church for all the regions of its Patriarchate incl. Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories wit much dedication and constant prayer and desire to show the richness of the Mother of All the Churches.
– I know Fr. Makarios and was of course present at his call to episcopacy and consecration on last Sunday at teh Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, in the presence and effective participation of the Russian representatives of the Patriarchate of Moscow. I have a deep respect for the personality of Archbishop Makarios, a man of deep piety, who was in Serbia, learnt the Slavic traditions as Serbian and Russian. I am deeply glad that such a man can serve in the rank and function of a bishop. Episcopacy means for us in Jerusalem a great capacity of renewal. Five priests in the end will be elevated to the dignity (αξιοματα) of episcopacy, thus successors of the Twelve, the Disciples of the Lord. I do pray as a servant of God that things will be settled adequately and in accordance with the Canons of the Church and in the spirit of Communion and Love that prevails in the Face of the Resurrected, in particular in this region where the Church requires pastors and sharing full Communion.
Let’s pray for each other in a true spirit of repentance on the wake of the Sunday of Forgiveness, that we do trust our hierarchies to lead all on the way of Passcha and Redemption.
I shall not issue the concerned documents, confiding in the spiritual guidance of my local Church leaders. May the matter soon be clarified accordingly.
Foto: The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (Levant) that convened under the call of His Beatitude Youhanna (John Yazigi) at the Monastery of Balamand on March 13th, 2013, issued two documents relating to the ordination/consecration of Fr. Archimandrite Makarios to the rank of episcopacy with the title of "Archbishop of Qatar". The Patriarchate of Antioch and All the Levant vehemently contests this ordination as "archbishop of a territory that is part of the territory of the Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East". The documents also relate to the fact that Qatar is under the omophoron of Met. Constantine of the Patriarchate of Antioch in charge of the Gulf Emirates and region.<br />
I had been alerted long before by an address written by M. Carol Saba, official Speaker of the Conference of the Orthodox Bishops in France and active member of the Patriarchate of antioch, who issues "les Chroniques Antiochiennes" on the life of his Patriarchate.<br />
The documents state that contacts have been done with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomaios of Constantinople as also with the other Church leaders. I take the opportunity to write this for the following reasons:<br />
- I am serving at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem that is the official Orthodox Church for all the regions of its Patriarchate incl. Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories wit much dedication and constant prayer and desire to show the richness of the Mother of All the Churches.<br />
- I know Fr. Makarios and was of course present at his call to episcopacy and consecration on last Sunday at teh Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, in the presence and effective participation of the Russian representatives of the Patriarchate of Moscow. I have a deep respect for the personality of Archbishop Makarios, a man of deep piety, who was in Serbia, learnt the Slavic traditions as Serbian and Russian. I am deeply glad that such a man can serve in the rank and function of a bishop. Episcopacy means for us in Jerusalem a great capacity of renewal. Five priests in the end will be elevated to the dignity (αξιοματα) of episcopacy, thus successors of the Twelve, the Disciples of the Lord. I do pray as a servant of God that things will be settled adequately and in accordance with the Canons of the Church and in the spirit of Communion and Love that prevails in the Face of the Resurrected, in particular in this region where the Church requires pastors and sharing full Communion.<br />
Let's pray for each other in a true spirit of repentance on the wake of the Sunday of Forgiveness, that we do trust our hierarchies to lead all on the way of Passcha and Redemption.<br />
I shall not issue the concerned documents, confiding in the spiritual guidance of my local Church leaders. May the matter soon be clarified accordingly.

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