Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Memory Eternal - Patriarch +Ignatius IV

     It is with much sadness that I report that His Beatitude Patriarch +Ignatius (IV) Hazim, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East fell asleep in the Lord early today, December 5th, 2012. He had suffered a stroke yesterday and reposed early this morning. He was 91 years old, and had been Patriarch of Antioch since 1979. This is a serious blow especially to the Orthodox Christians in Syria, where +Ignatius led the patriarchate from Damascus, on a Street called Straight. I have never met His Beatitude, but I am grateful to him (and many others) that I and my family were welcomed into the family of Orthodoxy. I intend to thank him personally some day for his work in sharing the light of Holy Orthodoxy in America.

 The Orthodox Wiki article on His Beatitude.

A news report of his repose:
Another report:
From the Antiochian Archdiocesan Website: Memory Eternal Patriarch Ignatius

     Lord, receive into your eternal kingdom your faithful servant +Ignatius. Grant him rest, grant him peace, may your Light Perpetual shine upon him, and may his memory be eternal. Amen.

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