News About His Eminence Metropolitan Philip


Metropolitan Philip Memorial Service Photography

Memorial services for our departed Metropolitan Philip were held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY, March 26, to March 30. His Eminence was laid to rest at Antiochian Village on Monday, March 31. May his memory be eternal!

An extensive collection of photography from the memorial events has been assembled here. Our thanks to all who submitted photography. The galleries presented here will continue to be expanded over the coming days to include additional images from Brooklyn and from the Antiochian Village.

Prayers for Metropolitan Philip's Repose

We ask for your continued prayers for the repose of our beloved Primate, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, as he is laid to rest today at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, after almost 50 years of leadership. Learn more about the life and legacy of Metropolitan Philip here. Video, photography and written material regarding the memorial services of the past days are being prepared for release. We ask for your prayers as well for safe travels for all those returning from the events honoring Metropolitan Philip. Memory eternal!

Online Donations in Memory of Metropolitan Philip to Benefit Clergy Retirement Fund

One of the things dearest to Metropolitan Philip's heart was the care of his clergy and their wives during the winter years of their lives so that they could live with dignity. In light of that, he wanted memorial donations to be given to the Clergy Retirement Fund of the Archdiocese. Donations received through this simple and secure online donation form will go to benefit the Fund.

Our thanks to the team at AntiochianEvents.org for preparing this resource.

 

Metropolitan Philip Memorial Page

 

Photos from Friday March 28 Memorial Services for Metropolitan Philip

We are grateful to the community of St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY and all those who have labored to organize and record the memorial events honoring the repose of our beloved Primate, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. Following are photographs from the Friday, March 28, funeral for a bishop. Many more photos are being prepared for release, including from Saturday's main funeral service, now concluded. May his memory be eternal!

Metropolitan Philip Funeral Arrangements Updated to Include Information on Burial at Antiochian Village and More

See this page for all details regarding this week's memorial services for Metropolitan Philip. Recent updates include details on all events at Antiochian Village, as well as a highly-recommended parking information sheet for all those planning on attending weekend memorial services at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 29, the Divine Liturgy and Funeral Services for Metropolitan Philip will be broadcast by Noursat/Tele Lumiere from St. Nicholas Cathedral. Online video-streaming details are being finalized.

Memory eternal!

Sayidna Philip Arrives at the Cathedral March 26

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY Mar 26St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY Mar 26

Annunciation Feast and Funeral Preparations at St. Nicholas Cathedral

As hierarchs and clergy begin arriving for the wake and funeral of our beloved Metropolitan Philip, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan, the Patriarchal Vicar, and His Grace Bishop Anthony celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Great Feast of the Annunciation this morning. After the liturgy, the hierarchs and clergy went to the funeral home to vest Metropolitan Philip in his hierarchical vestments. Memory eternal!

See this page for all details regarding this week's memorial services for Metropolitan Philip.

Additional pictures available below.

Noursat to Broadcast Metropolitan Philip Memorial Services

Noursat | Tele Lumiere, Christian television for Lebanon and the Middle East, will broadcast the Saturday March 29 Memorial Services for His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, with the Divine Liturgy followed by the funeral.

More details about media coverage of next week's events will be announced once they are finalized.

Tributes to Metropolitan Philip

The Archdiocese is deeply grateful for the wide range of tributes to His Eminence Metropolitan Philip which have begun to follow his repose. This collection of tributes from religious leaders, media outlets, and international sources will continue to be expanded.

We also offer in tribute this memorial photo gallery of Metropolitan Philip's life and work, which will also continue to be expanded. Our thanks to all of those who have contributed photography. Also available is a gallery celebrating His Eminence's dedication to the youth of our Archdiocese.

Below, we highlight three videos of His Eminence. The first is from Pascha 2011 at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. The second video was prepared in honor of Metropolitan Philip's 80th birthday, and was presented with these remarks by Fr. Anthony Gabriel at the 2011 Archdiocese Convention. The third was originally prepared by Fr. Ayman Kfouf of St. George Church of Troy, MI in honor of Metropolitan Philip's historic 2013 visit. This video was played during the last official, celebrational pastoral visit of His Eminence before his falling asleep.

Sunday March 23 Ancient Faith Radio Live Call-In Show Dedicated to Metropolitan Philip

In honor of Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen will present a special live tribute program. Kevin will be joined by Father Wayne Wilson, an ex-bishop of the "Evangelical Orthodox Church" and now Antiochian priest, and Father Thomas Zain (Vicar-General of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), for a discussion of the life and legacy of the beloved Metropolitan. Listen live on Sunday, March 23 at 5:00 pm Pacific/6:00 pm Mountain/7:00 pm Central/8:00 pm Eastern. Listen live by pointing your internet browser to www.ancientfaith.com and clicking on the "talk" button.

Update: Listen to a recording of the program here.

A Message of Condolence on the Passing of Metropolitan Philip from the Assembly of Bishops

Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Philip in 2004Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Philip in 2004Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on...for they will rest from their labors; for their works follow them (Revelation 14:13)

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Members of Philanthropic Organizations, the Youth and Youth Workers, and the entire Antiochian Orthodox Christian Family of North America.

On the evening of March 19, 2014 we received the sad news of the passing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, our dear and beloved brother and concelebrant in Christ. The repose of His Eminence, being sudden and unexpected, caused a profound pain in my heart and the entire Orthodox Christian family in the United States of America.

For more than 15 years I have had the opportunity and privilege to work closely with Metropolitan Philip. As the First Vice-Chairman of SCOBA and most recently as the First Vice-Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, he passionately supported a common witness to our Orthodox faith in the world. It is well known that he spoke his mind openly on a number of important issues and would often challenge inactivity surrounding serious issues, which he felt Orthodoxy could address in unique and important ways.

But in essence, the very characteristic of Metropolitan Philip was his identity as a shepherd, a father who cared for and labored diligently for his flock.

Letter of Condolences of Metropolitan Silouan to the Hierarchs, Clergy and the Faithful of the Archdiocese

Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all ArgentinaMetropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all ArgentinaHis Eminence Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina has released the following letter to our Archdiocese:

Buenos Aires, March 20, 2014

Beloved in our Lord

Very Esteemed Hierarchs, Clergy and Faithful

Of the Archdiocese of New York and All North America

“Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5)

With a heart grateful to our Lord and to your very beloved pastor who gave me the opportunity to come to know you during the last three years, I present to you my heartfelt condolences for the falling asleep in Christ of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. We all pray together for the rest in peace of his soul and that his memory be eternal.

I am very surprised that the Lord's Providence permitted that I may serve you under such a painful and difficult circumstance, i.e. the loss of your beloved pastor, until a new Metropolitan be elected for your God-protected Archdiocese. Indeed, my appointment as Patriarchal Vicar, by His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, is an obedience of love and an opportunity to serve your church, and to preserve your bond of love, peace, service and unity in Christ.

May our Lord bless all of us in this period of great lent, as we are heading to His Holy Passion in order to share His glorious Resurrection.

+ Silouan

Metropolitan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina

Arabic News Sources Commemorate Metropolitan Philip

Media outlets across the Arabic-speaking world have begun recognizing the passing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. A number of recommended links so far include: 

Article from www.al-akhbar.com

Tribute from abouna.org

An-Nahar Remembers Metropolitan Philip

Article from The Arab Daily News

Article from Al Mohajer

First Video Tribute, courtesy of Nizar Abboud

Second Video Tribute, courtesy of Nizar Abboud

First Video of Metropolitan Philip from Teleluminare

Second Video of Metropolitan Philip from Teleluminare

Third Video of Metropolitan Philip from Teleluminare

 

Our thanks to Fr. Thomas Zain and the community of St. Nicholas Cathedral for ongoing referrals to valuable sources from Arabic language media.

 

Metropolitan Philip Memorial Page

 

March 2014 Funeral Arrangements for Metropolitan Philip

Metropolitan Philip's memorial photo at St. Nicholas CathedralMetropolitan Philip's memorial photo at St. Nicholas CathedralThe schedule for all events associated with the falling asleep of Metropolitan Philip is available here. All events will be held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York and Antiochian Village. Find hotel and parking information below.

In lieu of flowers for the funeral, donations can be made to the Archdiocese for the benefit of the Retired Clergy Fund.

 

FULL SCHEDULE 

MONDAY MARCH 24

7:00 p.m. Great Vespers for the Feast of the Annunciation

TUESDAY MARCH 25

9:30 a.m. Orthros, 10:30 a.m. Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation

WEDNESDAY MARCH 26

Viewing at the Cathedral from 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

12 noon – receive the body of His Eminence into the Cathedral with the Trisagion prayers

7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Trisagion Prayers at various times through the day.

THURSDAY MARCH 27

Viewing at the Cathedral from 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Great Compline

Trisagion Prayers at various times through the day.

FRIDAY MARCH 28

Viewing at the Cathedral from 1:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

Akathist Service at 4:00 p.m.

Funeral Service for a bishop at 7:00 p.m.

On the Passing of Metropolitan Philip

The Archdiocese communicates with a heavy heart as we struggle with the news of the falling asleep in Christ of Metropolitan Philip. May his memory be eternal!

We express our sincerest appreciation to our Father in Christ, His Beatitude Patriarch John X, for his pastoral care and love. His Beatitude was in continual contact with us, and with Metropolitan Philip during his hospital stay, and showed his love and concern for his spiritual children in North America. For this, we are most grateful. May the memory of Metropolitan Philip be eternal, and may God grant many years to His Beatitude Patriarch John.

The schedule for all events associated with the falling asleep of Metropolitan Philip is available here. All events will be held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York unless another location is specified. In lieu of flowers for the funeral, donations can be made to the Archdiocese for the benefit of the Retired Clergy Fund.

Attached you will find letters from His Beatitude Patriarch John X, both the Arabic original and an English translation in two parts (Letter to Archbishop Joseph; Patriarchal Decision).

Both letters appoint Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina as the Patriarchal Vicar until such time as a new Metropolitan is elected by the Holy Synod of Antioch. The Patriarchal Vicar is responsible for the administration of the Archdiocese until a new Metropolitan is elected. Archbishop Joseph will serve as the Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese. Archbishop Joseph will arrive in New Jersey on Friday March 21, and Metropolitan Silouan will arrive on Monday March 24.

Remembering His Eminence Metropolitan Philip

Visit the Metropolitan Philip Memorial Page of Antiochian.org for information on the life, work and passing of our beloved Primate. A biography, news archives, reflections on and by Metropolitan Philip, links to video and audio, photo galleries and more are currently available or being prepared.

Listen to a historic Ancient Faith Radio interview from 2009 of Metropolitan Philip conducted by Fr. Peter Gillquist, of blessed memory. Metropolitan Philip talks candidly about such things as Orthodox unity, music, our witness to the world, and his most memorable accomplishments.

Read a tribute to Metropolitan Philip's life and legacy from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, where His Eminence served as Board of Trustees Vice President and Vice Chairman.

The Archdiocese is grateful for this account of the prayers of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on behalf of Metropolitan Philip. His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the Panikhida celebrated for the repose of Metropolitan Philip’s soul.

MEMORY ETERNAL! HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PHILIP

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. May his memory be eternal! Details are forthcoming. Read a biography of Metropolitan Philip here. See all information on His Eminence here.

 

Please Pray for the Recovery of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip

While in Florida and undergoing tests in the hospital, Metropolitan Philip suffered a minor heart attack on Sunday. He is in an encouraging situation in ICU.

A prayer service for His Eminence will be held this Monday afternoon at the Archdiocese Headquarters. We ask all of you to hold prayer services for his speedy recovery.

Update Tuesday Mar 11: Thanks to your collective and fervent prayers, Metropolitan Philip's status has improved. He is extubated (i.e. the doctors removed the tube from his mouth) and has conversed with his relatives and friends around him. He also conversed with His Beatitude Patriarch John X on the phone.

Please continue to pray for his speedy recovery.

Metropolitan Philip's Sunday of Orthodoxy Letter

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2014

To Be Read from the Pulpit and Printed in the Bulletin

Beloved in the Lord:

Greetings in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ on this First Sunday of the Great Fast, commonly called the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

On this glorious day throughout our Antiochian Archdiocese, we remember all our seminarians, in various Orthodox schools of theology, both here and abroad, who are preparing to take up the Cross of our Lord and follow Him. Upon graduation, they will be faced with a world totally different from the one which they left behind before entering the seminary. They will be our future pastors, teachers, confessors, and administrators in our various parishes, working with our children, elderly, and all the faithful, leading them to the kingdom of God. Most importantly, they will be the ones who stand before the holy altar and offer up prayers to the all-holy Trinity on behalf of the people. It is therefore incumbent that we provide them with the best possible education and preparation for this sacred and holy ministry.

With that in mind, we respectfully ask you that remember these seminarians in your prayers today, as always, and consider a monatery gift for their theological education, keeping in mind that qualified men studying for the priesthood receive full scholarships from the Archdiocese. Make your check payable to your local parish and the parish council will forward one check to the Archdiocese for the full amount. Help insure our future today! May your Lenten journey be filled with many blessings.

Your Father in Christ,

Metropolitan Philip

Download a PDF of His Eminence's Sunday of Orthodoxy letter

 

Metropolitan Philip Inaugurates 2014 Food for Hungry People Campaign

Great Lent 2014

Beloved in the Lord:

Greetings and blessings to you as we enter this most holy season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

It is with the greatest joy that I write to you today to inaugurate the 2014 Food for Hungry People campaign. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this charitable drive. When reflecting on the past 40 years, I call to mind the countless charitable organizations and individuals that we have helped because of this fund. Through the efforts of our dedicated and long-standing chairlady, Miss Robin Nicholas, and by your generosity on the parish level, this drive has grown into a strong witness of our Holy Orthodox faith on this continent and throughout the world.

This year holds special significance as we continue to raise funds through various means to help those affected by the war in Syria. Through your contributions to FFHP over the years, we have helped many of the orphanages and other charitable organizations within Syria and throughout our Patriarchate and the entire the Middle East, in addition to our domestic charitable contributions. As we continue to witness the horrors of the war in Syria, please make a special effort this year to use FFHP to raise funds and awareness to the tragedy there so we can help those in need even more.

We urge you, during this season of prayer, self-discipline and fasting, to be very generous in your contribution to this campaign. As we practice the virtues which cleanse our souls, let us not forget or refrain from what St. John Chrysostom calls the “greatest of the virtues," giving to the poor. As important as prayer and fasting are, they are of no avail to us if we fail to give to those in need.

Photo Gallery: Nativity with Metropolitan Philip at St. Nicholas Cathedral

On December 24, 2013, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip presided over the celebration of the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ at his cathedral, St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. He was assisted by Archpriest Thomas Zain, Vicar-General of the Antiochian Archdiocese and dean of the Cathedral, Priest Adrian Budica, assistant priest at the Cathedral, Archdeacon Hans Elhayek, assistant to the Metropolitan, and Dn. Andre El-Hajj, the Cathedral's deacon. Protopsaltis Sub-deacon Rassem El Massih served as chanter for the feast.  

View the gallery 

 

 

An Encounter with Metropolitan Philip Broadcasting on Noursat Sunday, December 22

Noursat and Tele Lumiere, Christian television for Lebanon and the Middle East, will broadcast an encounter with His Eminence Metropolitan Philip on Sunday, December 22, at 3:30 pm Eastern time, repeating at 9:00 pm Eastern.

Learn more about Noursat and Tele Lumiere. 

Learn more about His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America.

Metropolitan Philip's Letter to the Faithful Regarding Abductions in Syria

Metropolitan Philip December 2013On Friday, December 6, 2013, Metropolitan Philip issued a letter which was read on the following Sunday in all the parishes of the Antiochian Archdiocese. In it, he expressed his deep concern over the recent abductions of the bishops, nuns, and children in Syria.

Dear Clergy and Faithful of our God-Protected Archdiocese,

Greetings and blessings in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ in the midst of this Holy Advent season.

It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the abduction of our beloved nuns and orphans from the Convent of St. Thekla, Maaloula, Syria. It is inexcusable for such peaceful, God-loving and defenseless people of God to be abducted and displaced from their place of residence and worship, after having suffered so much angush for the past three months. St. Thekla Convent, through the intercessions of its patron Saint and the prayers of all its nuns, has been since its inception in the first century a beacon of light for peace, miracles, and the spreading of our Lord's message of love for all. It is unfathomable to hear that peaceful servants of Christ are being treated in such barbaric manner, as have Metropolitan Boulos and Archbishop Youhanna been treated.

Video of Metropolitan Philip's December 8 Homily at St. Nicholas Cathedral

The video below of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip's teaching on December 8, 2013, and remarks on the abducted nuns of Maaloula, has been provided by St. Nicholas Cathedral:

 

December 8, 2013, Homily of Metropolitan Philip at St. Nicholas Cathedral from Antiochian Archdiocese on Vimeo.