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Memory Eternal! + Archimandrite Elias (Morcos)

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

MEMORY ETERNAL!  Your prayers are requested for the repose of Archimandrite Elias (Morcos) who reposed on February 23rd, 2011.  Father Elias - founder, retired abbot, and spiritual father of the Monastery of the Holy Greatmartyr George in the village of Deir el-Harf, Lebanon - was one of a mere handful of persons who inaugurated the renaissance of authentic monasticism throughout the Patriarchate of Antioch beginning in the 1940s.

Father Elias translated into Arabic many books on the spiritual life, including The Ladder of St John Climacos, The Triads of St. Gregory Palamas, and The Fundamentals of the Spiritual Life, and he authored several soul-profiting works such as Christian Worship, In Order to Understand the Liturgy and to Live It, and Thoughts on the Bible, and others.

May he be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life!

Metropolitan George (Khodre) of Mount Lebanon presided at Fr. Elias' funeral.  Other hierarchs present were Metropolitan Elias (Audi) of Beirut, Metropolitan Elias (Kafoure) of Tyre and Sidon, Metropolitan Paul (Yaziji) of Aleppo, Metropolitan Ephrem (Kyriakos) of Tripoli, and Bishop Ghattas (Hazim), Superior of the Balamand Monastery.

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