Metropolitan's Message Regarding the Film, “The Passion of The Christ.”


 

 

Metropolitan's Message Regarding the Film, “The Passion of The Christ.”
 

 


 

March 2, 2004

TO BE READ FROM THE PULPIT AND PUBLISHED IN THE CHURCH BULLETIN

 

 

Beloved Clergy and Faithful of our Archdiocese:

Greetings and blessings to you in the spirit of this Holy and Great Lenten season.

Shortly after the beginning of our journey with our Lord to Calvary and the empty tomb, Mel Gibson released his excellent film, “The Passion of The Christ.” This film raised many favorable, and at the same time, controversial questions; thus, I decided to see this movie and form my own opinion. The following is my observation:

I think that Mel Gibson has done an outstanding job. Ninety-five percent of the film is based on the biblical accounts recorded in the Gospels. We cannot distort history nor can we betray the hymnology of our church and the story which we relive every year during Holy Week. I advise our clergy and faithful to see this movie and share the suffering of our Lord and the joy of His Glorious Resurrection.

Yours in the Triumphant Christ,

Metropolitan PHILIP
Primate
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
of North America