Antiochian Cathedral in Mexico Consecrated


Byztex Blogspot reports, "On January 17th, birthday and name day of the Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Antonio (Chedraoui) of Mexico, Central America and Venezuela, the new Cathedral of the Archdiocese, dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul was consecrated. The celebration included many Antiochian hierarchs - Metropolitan Antonio of Mexico, Metropolitan Sergio of Chile, Metropolitan Damaskinos of Brazil, Metropolitan George of Homs (Syria), Metropolitan Paul of Australia and New Zealand, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo (Syria), Metropolitan Silouan of Argentina, Metropolitan John of Western and Central Europe, Bishop Antoun of Miami, Bishop Ghattas - superior of the Balamand monastery in Lebanon, as well as Bishop Alejo of Mexico (OCA)."

The cathedral is situated at Bosque Real in the Huixquilucan division of Mexico. At the consecration which began at 11 a.m., the attending bishops and clergy served in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish. The faithful enjoyed the unique rendition of the doxology and psalms sung in alternating fashion by Bishop Damaskinos and the archdiocesan choir.

YouTube is carrying a Spanish summary of the consecration and surrounding events here. A Spanish description of the events can be read here at the cathedral website, while Byztex has provided an English translation to the cathedral report.