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Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!

It is with great sadness that we announce the falling-asleep in the Lord of our Father-in-Christ, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, who went to be with the Lord on March 19th, 2014.  His funeral services were held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York on March 28-29.  Patriarchal Vicar Metropolitan SILOUAN of Argentina presided over the services, and he was assisted by Archbishop JOSEPH of Los Angeles and all the auxiliary bishops of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Thousands of clergy and laity from all over the world were in attendance.  Metropolitan PHILIP shepherded our God-Protected Archdiocese for nearly half a century, and his leadership and wisdom will be remembered eternally.  

May his memory be eternal, and may the Lord open for him the Gates of Paradise!



A 40-Day memorial for Metropolitan PHILIP will be held on Sunday, May 4th, at 10 am at St. Elias Cathedral.  


Tributes, biographical information, and letters of condolences sent to the Archdiocese may be found here.


Tributes & letters of condolences sent to St. Elias Cathedral may be found here.  Also included is a letter of condolences which was sent to all of the Antiochian Bishops and the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, sent by Fr. Ghattas, Fr. Michael, Mr. Dimitri Zeidan (member of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees) and Mr. George Hanna (Parish Council President), on behalf of all the organizations and faithful of St. Elias Cathedral.






Images from Metropolitan PHILIP'S 2-Week Memorial

Metropolitan Philip 2-Week Memorial - 04/06/14

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Great & Holy Friday 2014 Pictures

Great & Holy Friday 2014

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Scheduling Baptisms/Weddings at St. Elias

For those planning baptisms & weddings at St. Elias Cathedral, the following requirements must be met:


1.  Before choosing & confirming the godparents, please ensure the prospective godparents meet all requirements:  At least one godparent must be an Orthodox Christian, the other can be a Christian of another denomination [i.e. Catholic]; the godparents must be in good standing with their respective churches, and are to receive confession and communion in the weeks approaching the baptism. No one will be permitted to serve as a godparent unless they have received confession and communion.

2.  Schedule and confirm the date of baptism with the Cathedral office by calling 613-738-2222.  

3.  The godparents and parents are to meet with either Fr. Ghattas or Fr. Michael several weeks before the baptism in order to discuss the order of the service, the responsibilities of the godparents, and required items to bring.


1.  Weddings should be booked at least 6 months in advance; 1 year in advance is preferrable.  Please reserve the church BEFORE reserving the reception hall.

2.  There are certain days when weddings CANNOT take place.  These include:  Wednesdays and Fridays, Great Feasts of the Church, during the Christmas Fast (Nov. 15 - Dec. 25), during Great Lent (including the period from Meatfare Sunday to Thomas Sunday), and during the Dormition Fast (Aug. 1-15).

3.  If either member of the couple was previously married & divorced, they must first be reinstated by the Metropolitan Archbishop to the sacramental life of the Church before proceeding with the wedding; this process can be initiated by speaking with Fr. Ghattas or Fr. Michael.

4.  At least one member of the couple must be an Orthodox Christian; the other must at least be a Christian (i.e. Catholic.)  Weddings between Orthodox and non-Christians are not permitted.  All members of the wedding party must be Christian.

5.  The couple must attend at least 2 sessions of pre-marital counseling with the priest in the months prior to the wedding.

6.  The couple must receive confession and communion at their respective churches prior to the wedding.

7.  The couple is to return to the Cathedral on the nearest Sunday following their honeymoon for the service of the Removal of the Crowns.

If you have any questions regarding baptisms or weddings at St. Elias Cathedral, please call the Cathedral Office at 613-738-2222.  Any decisions about unusual circumstances regarding these services are subject to the discretion of the Pastor, Fr. Ghattas.

Updates on Abducted Bishops

Last week, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo John Ibrahim were abudcted by terrorists after their car was ambushed and the deacon driving it was killed.  His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch, has issued a Pastoral Letter for Holy Week which addresses the kidnappings.  It can be found here in English and here in Arabic.

Furthermore, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP urges all the faithful of the Church to sign this online petition on the White House website, appealing to President Obama to take actions towards the release of the two bishops.

Please remember the bishops in your prayers.

Upcoming Services & Events



Tuesday, April 22nd

6:00 pm:  Evening Divine Liturgy (Feast of St. George)


Friday, April 25th

8:45 AM Matins

10 AM Divine Liturgy (Feast of the Theotokos of the Life-Giving Fountain)


Saturday, Apr. 26

6 pm Great Vespers


Sunday, Apr. 27

8:45 am Matins

10 am Divine Liturgy












Book Launch Event

The Department of Modern Languages & Literature, Chair of Arabic Studies, at the University of Ottawa, cordially invites to you an address and Book Launch Event:


Professor Kamal Dib (author of 12 books)

"Beirut Culture Shock: A Canadian Tale"


Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

6-8 pm

Des Marais Building (55 Laurier Ave. E)

Room 1130 (Main Level)

Free Parking on Streets or Public Bus (Laurier Station)


For more information, contact Prof. Obeid 613-562-5800, ext 3762


Prof. Kamal Dib at




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