At the invitation of the “Pastoral Centre of the Orthodox Patristic Heritage” in the Archdiocese of Tripoli, and the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Ephraim of Tripoli, His Eminence Metropolitan John held a series of lectures between 18th and 20th of February 2011.
His Eminence arrived at the episcopal centre on Friday the 18th, and started his activities in Shekka where he was received, at the church of Transfiguration, by the Rev. Fr. Ibrahim Shahin, the parish priest, accompanied with other priests and faithful and prayed all together the Vespers.
After the Vespers, Rev. Fr. Antonius Souri welcomed His Eminence on behalf of Metropolitan Ephraim who was compelled to be absent on account of previous obligations, and thanked the visiting Metropolitan. His Eminence explained in his lecture the importance of the effective participation of the youth in the liturgical offices.
On Saturday the 19th February after celebrating the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence John, met the priests of the Archdiocese, in the presence of Metropolitan Damaskinos (of Brazil) and Bishop Ghattas, the abbot of our Lady of Balamand patriarchal monastery and Dean of St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology. Photo Album
H. E. Ephraim opened the meeting asking the metropolitans to present a general idea about their dioceses and the pastoral activities in them. Then, H. E. John delivered a speech about: “The Role of the Priest in Liturgy and Worship”, which was enriched by pastoral questions based on it.
On Saturday evening at 4:00 pm everyone moved to St. Marina’s Church in Amioun where they prayed the Vespers service served by the parish’s priest, Fr. Michael Alashkar, and the diocesan choir. Photo Album
After the prayers they went to the theater of the charitable association of “Alnahda” in Amioun, where the main lecture was delivered by Metropolitan John entitled: “Knowing God through the Liturgy and the Sacraments”. A huge number of faithful from the diocese and from outside of it including the students from St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology and officials attended the lecture and together shared the Agape after it.
On Sunday the 20th, H. E. John celebrated with H. E. Ephraim the Divine Liturgy in St. George’s cathedral of in Al-Mina. H. E. addressed the faithful, speaking in his sermon about the repentance which finds its best way in returning towards the merciful God.
The Sermon (Audio)