Bishop Irenee represents OCA at funeral of Patriarch Ignatius IV
December 12, 2012
Bishop Irénée represents OCA at funeral of Patriarch
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Québec City, represented
the Orthodox Church in America at the funeral of His Beatitude, Patriarch
Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East, at Saint Nicholas Church, Beirut,
Lebanon on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
The funeral followed the celebration
of the Divine Liturgy. His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of
Constantinople, presided at the funeral, at which all hierarchs present
concelebrated. The following day, services were celebrated at the Patriarchal
Cathedral in Damascus, after which Patriarch Ignatius was interred at the
Patriarchal Cemetery. Bishop Irénée noted that few, if any, members of
delegations from sister Orthodox Churches traveled to Damascus.
Beirut, Bishop Irénée spoke with members of various delegations, including
Patriarch Bartholomew; His Eminence, Archbishop Sabba, Locum Tenens of the
Antiochian Patriarchal Throne; His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion [Alfeyev] and
Archpriest Nikolai Balashov of the Russian Orthodox Church; representatives of
the Church of Georgia; and others.
Bishop Irénée flew to Beirut from
Moscow, where he had been on a private pilgrimage since November
While in Moscow, Bishop Irénée celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the
OCA Representation Church of the Great Martyr Catherine on Sunday, November 25
and Sunday, December 2. He brought with him a belt belonging to Saint John of
San Francisco, which is kept in Canada, that was made available to the faithful.
It will remain in the church through December.
On December 4, Bishop
Irénée presided at the Divine Liturgy in Kronstadt.
On Thursday and
Friday, December 6 and 7, Bishop Irénée concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at
Saint Catherine Church with Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach], recently appointed
parish Dean and OCA Representative to the Moscow Patriarchate; Archpriest Leonid
Kishkovsky, OCA Director of External Affairs; and local clergy. [See related
article on Archimandrite Alexander’s appointment.]
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