Bishop Nicholas celebrates anniversary

July 6, 2021 0 Comments

Today, our shepherd, Bishop Nicholas celebrates the 32nd anniversary of his episcopal ordination. A significant anniversary for a sitting bishop and us in the USA. Archbishop Joseph Elias Tawil was the ordaining prelate. The Bishop, 77 his next birthday in August, has served the Melkite Church as a priest for 51 years. As bishop for …

Happy Birthday to Fr. Dennis

July 5, 2021 0 Comments

Today is Father Dennis’ birthday. Let us offer a prayer asking the Lord to share His many blessings upon Father Dennis. As William Shakespeare said, “And send him many years of sunshine days!” (Richard II: Act 4, Scene 1). May God grant Father Dennis many years!

Saints Cosmas and Damian

July 1, 2021 0 Comments

Today, we liturgically recall the wonderworker Saints Cosmas and Damian. The saints are called Anargyroi in Greek, Physicians and Wonderworkers. Let’s remember our physicians in prayer today. The Kontakion sung in Tone 2 for the feast: Having received the grace of healing, you grant healing to those in need. Glorious wonder workers and physicians, Cosmas …

Ss. Peter and Paul, a solemn feast

June 29, 2021 0 Comments

THE HOLY PRE-EMINENT APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL Gods’ love, mercy and compassion shine forth most clearly in the feast of these two apostles. Peter was enthusiastic in his faith in Christ, “Peter said to him, ‘Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you.’ And all the disciples spoke likewise.” …

Praying for good in Lebanon

June 29, 2021 0 Comments

Maronite Bishop Gregory of New York recently wrote, Since October 2019, Lebanon has been facing political turmoil, civil unrest, nationwide protests, unemployment, power outages, devaluation of national currency and extreme poverty. The pandemic exacerbated the financial crisis and as the nation continued to experience record unemployment and a poverty rate over 50%, its capital was …

5th Sunday after Pentecost

June 27, 2021 0 Comments

St. Ignatius of Antioch taught, “It is better for a man to be silent and be a Christian than to talk and not be one.… Men believe with the heart and confess with the mouth, the one unto righteousness, the other unto salvation. It is good to teach, if the teacher also does what he …

New archbishop of Zahleh and Furzol of the Greek-Melkites, Lebanon

June 26, 2021 0 Comments

This morning the news of the election of new archbishop of Zahleh and Furzol of the Greek-Melkites, Lebanon was announced by the Vatican Press Office. The Holy Father has assented to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Antioch of the Greek Melkites of Bishop Ibrahim Michael Ibrahim, B.S., …