Letter of Patriarch Ignatius to General Assembly
Damascus, July 9, 2004
Beloved Brother Archbishop Philip (Saliba)
Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of
We greet you in The Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On the occasion this special convention of your Archdiocese, we seize the opportunity to address, through you, esteemed and honorable brother, the faithful flock of this beloved Archdiocese, to emphasize on the following:
1 Based only on the ecclesiological grounds and from this single perspective we consider and deal with the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of
2 The Holy Scripture, the Sacred Tradition, the Holy Canons, the Constitution of the
3 The Holy Synod of the
We herewith enclose a true copy of the Synodical Resolution of October 9, 2003, kindly requesting Your Eminence, its distribution among the participants of the special convention, when reading this letter to them, so that they get a clear understanding of our stand.
Finally, we assure you of our deep love and of our confidence that we are together seeking the same aims. Likewise, your assistants and the faithful people of this thriving archdiocese are entrusted of this same strive. God has been and will always be, glorified by your deeds, since we are altogether laboring for the wellbeing of Christ's Church.
We bless your actions towards this aim and heartily pray the Lord to grant Your Eminence always the required strength, to rightly dividing His Word of truth.
Pray for us. You are always remembered in ours.