Archdiocese News - Eulogy by the Patriarchal Vicar Archimandrite Basilios Kodseie [English]

Eulogy on the occasion of the funeral of His Eminence Metropolitan Paul Saliba of Thrice-Blessed memory. by the Patriarchal Vicar Archimandrite Basilios Kodseie...

St John wrote, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on… that they may rest from their labors and their works shall follow them.” (Rev 14:13).

It is with honor and unworthiness that I stand before you today, been given the task to express though incomplete, a few words about His Eminence Metropolitan Paul Saliba, of Thrice-Blessed memory. I would like to share with you a few unique thoughts about Sayidna.

On the 10th of July 1939, 78 years ago, Metropolitan Paul saw the physical light in a small village called Bsarma, North Lebanon, and today on the 10th of July 2017, we farewell him into his eternal rest where he will now enjoy the Divine Light.

Sayidna had a good and peaceful end to his life. The last Divine Liturgy that he celebrated was on his patronal feast of Saints Peter and Paul where he partook of the most Holy Precious Body and Blood of the Lord, in the most beloved place to his heart, the Antiochian Village in Goulburn. The last phone call he made was to His Beatitude, Patriarch John X, thanking him for the kind patronal greetings that he had sent him on his name day.

In the 18 years he served as the primate of our holy church, his fruits proved his visionary and dynamic character. His passion was building a Church for tomorrow, so much so, that if there were no educated priests, no youth or no Sunday School, then for him there was nothing at all. His passion for youth and children was so much that when many thought him to be a dreamer, he made his vision a reality when he immovably ensured the purchase of the Antiochian Village in Goulburn NSW, his crown jewel. Sayidna laid the foundations for many plans and ideas that will bear good fruits in the years ahead.

Today we are not gathered here to mourn over Sayidna, but are here to make a promise to continue the legacy that he laid, and the tireless labors for his flock.

Rest in peace Sayidna, be assured that together we will be faithful to your vision, May your memory be eternal.

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