THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD TO HEAVEN -
THE GLORY OF THE DEIFIED HUMAN BEING*
The joy that we live today is really great! We are glad because the concelebration and discussion with Your Holiness provided us a blessed occasion to live in the unity of the Spirit and bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). We enjoy, especially today, at the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the crowning of the mystery of the ascension into eternal glory of our human nature, and, through it, of the entire creation, not from the lowest ones of the earth to the earthly ones, but from the earthly ones to the heaven of heaven and to the throne beyond them of the One Who rules over everything", as Saint Gregory Palamas says so nicely.
The wonderful mystery of the Ascension to heaven of Jesus Christ, our Lord, has multiple and deep significance. We only want to emphasise three of them.
The visit of a Delegation of the Anglican Church to the Church of Greece from May 8-12 has been completed successfully. The Delegation was composed of the Rt. Reverend Richard, Bishop of London, the Rt. Reverend David, Bishop of Birmingham, the Reverend Jonathan Goodall, Ecumenical Officer and Chaplain of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Father Malcolm Bradshaw, the Reverend Canon of the Anglican Church in Athens.
His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, who is visiting these days Istanbul, has celebrated today, May 28, 2009, in the St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Phanar, together with His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Holy Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
May 29, 2009, was the third day of the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The two Primates, His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch, and His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, have met again this morning at the Patriarchal Residence in Constantinople, discussing the collaboration between the two patriarchies, as well as the situation of the Romanian Orthodox parish in Istanbul. The meeting was also attended by members of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
LOVE FOR IMPERISHABLE BEAUTY
AT THE CAPPADOCIAN FATHERS
While travelling as pilgrim to Cappadocia, our thoughts focus on the origin of the Philokalia, on its first authors, Saints Basil the Great (+379), and Gregory the Theologian (+389), who gathered the most beautiful texts from Origen's work under this title. Thus, in the course of time, they created a series of collection of theological, ascetic and moral writings aiming at the love for the imperishable spiritual beauty acquired by deliverance from selfish passions and by cultivating virtue, through the spiritual sight of beings spiritually and unceasing prayer.