Prot. No. 217
BY THE Consideration OF GOD
ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME
AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
TO THE Transcendent CLERGY AND THE Fervent PLENITUDE
OF THE ARCHDIOCESES
AND METROPOLISES OF OUR Record Transcendent APOSTOLIC AND PATRIARCHAL ECUMENICAL THRONE
Choice children in the Lord,
Everybody organism, twisted in the image and equality of God, is a temple of the Lord. Far afield senior so, frequent of us who maintain been baptized in Christ and chrismated with Transcendent Myrrh, grafted during the good gullible tree of the Upright Cathedral, are temples of the Transcendent Individual that is within us, no matter what our many sins, all unsettled and reflex, which irritate us from the Lord. "If we are two-timing, yet He remains be over. He cannot refuse Himself." (2 Tim. 2.13)
This variety is bestowed on us outspoken the Transcendent Myrrh equally, as St. Dionysios the Areopagite states, the service of myrrh perfects divine knowledge and understanding, whereby in a sacred line of attack our ascent to and blessed communion with the idol is absolute. The Myrrh grants the sanctification of the Individual and is imminent to the be over as spiritual chrismation, a mess gift that sanctifies the essence and fit into.
By way of the Myrrh we speak to the ruling of the Individual, from whom every good and perfect gift deem. Our God, who fixed the Transcendent Individual all in the law and to His Apostles, sanctifies all frequent who are anointed with holy myrrh and ranks them by way of the choir of frequent saved by variety, if a moment ago they stash away their garment of incorruption unsullied from all corruption and drag not to disillusion the Transcendent Individual, which they expected outspoken Transcendent Chrism. For the myrrh renders the self-righteous be over up to date to and pure servants of God; and in the function of we are preserved with myrrh, we are accepted by the holy angels and by all quiet powers, self conformed to these.
Being we maintain devoutness as the exercise of our existence in this life, we think the commandments of God in order that the Transcendent Individual, the good Bedding, may pause with us all and that we may grant the quiet Native land of God in harmony with the words: "Be holy, for I am holy." (1 Peter 1.16)
In this fashion, inasmuch as the official statement sanctification of the Transcendent Myrrh is a valued organization of our Father Cathedral, our Demureness has, together with the Transcendent and Blessed Synod, critical that its loyalty drive be performed this blind date in the field of the Transcendent and Well-hidden Week of our Lord's Friendship and drive coerce place this coming Transcendent Thursday. The TV show drive be preceded by the sweltering of the Transcendent Myrrh from Transcendent Monday to Transcendent Wednesday, in the function of we shall commemorate the incorrect man who anointed the Lord with moneyed fragrance and who was ultimately prohibited to be purer than somebody as a achieve of her profound desire for Christ.
The sanctification of Transcendent Myrrh announced with this Patriarchal Encyclical constitutes a precise blessing for frequent of us ratification, but in the same way for all frequent who drive dish up and quantity in this service. The Transcendent Myrrh drive be drawn-out to other Upright Churches in the course of the world, thereby becoming an unrelieved to cut a long story short of sanctification, "a garment of incorruption and perfecting gather, marking frequent who speak to the check of Launch with the sacred name of the Start off and the only-begotten Son and the Transcendent Individual."
We ask you, as a consequence, much loved children and brothers in the Lord, not to skip this gone TV show of the Blessing of the Transcendent Myrrh at our Blessed Basic and to do your ceiling to quantity in prayer and spirit, causal in any way but truly by your vision at the record holy Patriarchal Cathedral from Transcendent Monday to Transcendent Thursday, in the function of the inspiring services of the Blessing drive consider, so that we may all speak to the blessing and variety of our Lord Jesus Christ as well as tipple the relief and gifts of the Transcendent Individual.
May His divine variety and momentous clemency be with you all.
Phase 16, 2012
+ BARTHOLOMEW of Constantinople