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Bishop Irenee represents OCA at funeral of Patriarch Ignatius IV

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
      http://oca.org/news/headline-news/bishop-irenee-represents-oca-at-funeral-of-patriarch-ignatius-iv December 12, 2012 Bishop Irénée represents OCA at
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      December 12, 2012
      Bishop Irénée represents OCA at funeral of Patriarch
      Ignatius IV
       
      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.

      While in
      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
      23.

      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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