Metropolitan Tikon's message to Antiocian Patriarc Ignatius, Metorpolitan Pilip
December 4, 2012
Metropolitan Tikhon sends messages of concern to ailing Antiochian Patriarch Ignatius, Metropolitan Philip
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, His Beatitude,
Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a message of concern to His Beatitude, Patriarch
Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East, assuring him of prayers on behalf of
the Holy Synod of Bishops, clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in
Earlier the same day, a briefing released by Archpriest George
Kevorkian, Chancellor of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North
America, included a request for prayers on behalf of Patriarch Ignatius, who had
been admitted to a Beirut hospital on Monday after suffering a stroke. [See related
The text of Metropolitan Tikhon’s message to Patriarch
Ignatius reads as follows.
“I write with deep concern on behalf of the
Holy Synod of Bishops, the clergy and the faithful of the Orthodox Church in
America, upon learning this morning that Your Beatitude had suffered a stroke
and had been admitted to Saint George Hospital in Beirut.
Your Beatitude’s leadership and archpastoral ministry have not only fulfilled
the vision of your predecessors, in the image of our Father among the Saints
Ignatius, but have offered to hierarchs, clergy and faithful alike an example of
a truly good and loving shepherd, ever-willing to forsake all for that portion
of the Flock entrusted to your care. Please be assured, dear brother and
concelebrant, of our prayers for your full recovery, especially at this critical
time in the life of the most esteemed Patriarchate of Antioch.
“May He Who is the Healer and Physician of our bodies and souls be with Your
Beatitude now and in the days to come, and may our prayers, offered on your
behalf, be pleasing to our Lord and Saviour.”
Metropolitan Tikhon sent a
similar message to His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian
* For a biography of Patriarch Ignatius, please visit http://www.antiochdev.org/churchSite/portal/bios/bioEn.php.
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