His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius of Antioch and All of the East Falls Asleep in the Lord
Source: Orthodox Church in America
BEIRUT, LEBANON [OCA]
Two days after he was admitted to Saint George Hospital here, His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
Patriarch Ignatius had suffered a severe stroke on Monday, December 3, and had been under the care of physicians in the hospital’s intensive care unit. He was 91 years old. [See related story.]
Born in 1920 in Mhardeh in Syria’s Hama province, he pursued studies at the American University of Beirut and soon entered the service of the local Orthodox diocese. He was one of the founders of the Orthodox Youth Movement in 1942. He was consecrated to the episcopacy in 1961 and was elected Metropolitan of Syria’s Latakia province in 1970. Nine years later he was elected Patriarch.
Upon learning of Patriarch Ignatius’ repose, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon called upon the clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America to remember him in prayer, that our Lord will grant him rest “where there is neither sickness, sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.”
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May Patriarch Ignatius’ memory be eternal!
For a biography of Patriarch Ignatius, please visit http://www.antiochdev.org/churchSite/portal/bios/bioEn.php.