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Saint Peter and Saint PaulPatriarchs / Batriyark of Antioch / Patriarcat Grec Melkite Catholique - List

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Number of the current Melkite Patriarch / Batriyark

Below are four numbers: 151, 162, 172, and 182.

Number 151 According to Archbishop / Sayedna Cyrille Bustros, Eparch of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), Patriarch Gregory III Laham is the 151st successor of St. Peter in the See of Antioch, and the 2Oth since the reunification of the See of Antioch with the See of Rome in 1724.

Number 162 and Number 172 According to Rev. Fr./Abouna George Gallaro, who is very well versed in this matter:
"If we follow the list of the Antiochian Orthodox Church (the part in common), Patriarch Gregory III will be the 172nd successor to St. Peter; but, according to Giorgio Fedalto, Cyrille Charon, Michel Le Quien, and our Elias Skaff, he should be the 162nd."

Numbers 162 and Number 172 According to Rev. Fr./Abouna Alam Alam "Unfortunately, the picture is not clear-cut. The number is fluctuating between 162 and 172 because some were "locum tenens" (substitutes or deputies) and historians are embarrassed how to count them."

Number 172 According to the "Melkite Alamanac" published in French by LE LIEN in 1997, His Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V Hakim, was the 171st Patriarch of Antioch. Therefore, His Beatitude, Gregory III Laham should be the 172nd Patriarch of Antioch.

Numbers 172 and 182 According to Dr. Charlie Abu Sa'da, both numbers are correct. "There are some patriarchs that were for different periods, because of some problems with other bishops."

Number 182 According to "Introduction to the Ecumenical Councils" by: Michel Abrass and Antoin Arab, The Paulist Library, Lebanon, 1996, in Arabic , His Beatitude, Gregory III Laham is the 182 Patriarch of Antioch.

Melkite Patriarchs / Batriyark since 1724

Number
since 1724
DatesPatriarchal
Name
Alternate
Patriarchal
Name
Surname
Family
Name
Alternate
Surname
Family
Name
With
Latin
Catholic
Church
202000 -Gregorios IIIGregory III Laham Latin
Synod
of
Bishops
191967 - 2000Maximos V Hakim  
181947 - 1967Maximos IV SayeghSaïgh21st
Ecumen-
ical
Council
2d
Vatican
Council
171925 - 1947Cyrille IX MoughabghabMoghabghab 
161919 - 1925Dimitri IDimitrios IQadiCadi 
151902 - 1916Cyrille VIII Géha  
141898 - 1902Pierre IV GéraijiryGéraigiry 
131864 - 1897Grégoire IIGregory IIYoussef-SayourJoseph20th
Ecumen-
ical
Council
1st
Vatican
Council


Influence
on
Pope
Leo
XIII's
Orien-
talium
Dignit
121856 - 1864Clément BahouthBahous 
111833 - 1855Maximos III Mazloum  
101816 - 1833Ignace V QattanCattan 
91813 -1816Macaire IV Tawil  
81813Athanase V Matar  
71812Ignace IV Sarrouf  
61796- 1812Agapios II Matar  
51794 - 1796Cyrille VII SiajSiage 
41788- 1794Athanase IV JaouharJawhar 
31761 - 1788Théodose V DahhanDahan 
21760 - 1761Maximos II Hakim  
11724 - 1760Cyrille VI ThanasTanas 

1724 - Cyrille VI Thanas completed the reunification of the Melkites with See of Rome.
With the confirmation of the Antiochean Othodox Patriarch Sylvester by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Cyrille VI fees Damascus and takes refuge in Lebanon.
On the death of Patriarch Anthanasios III, one branch of the Patriarchate of Antioch aligned itself with Byzantium (Antiochean Orthodox) while the other branch of the Patriarchate of Antioch (Melkite Catholic) formalized relations with the See of Rome.

1723 - Patriarch Anthanasios III Debbas died. He was Patriarch of Antioch in Damascus from 1720 to 1723.

First Three Patriarchs / Batiryarks

NumberDatesNameComments
1st45-53The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles PeterMelkite Church tradition
2nd53-68 EuodiusThe Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter appointed Euodius to succeed him as Bishop of Antioch when Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter began his trip to Rome.
3rd68-107Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer (St. Ignatios, Bishop of Antioch)He may have been appointed by and or consecrated by The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter or the Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Paul.

Paper

The Eastern Churches and the Patriarchates by Most Rev. Nicholas Samra and Philip M. Kayal Saint Ann's Melkite Catholic Church, West Patterson, NJ

Role of the Patriarch (4/05/01), The Patriarch in Our Melkite Church by Fr. Francis Marini Reprinted from Sophia, Volume 31, Number 1, Jan. - Feb. 2001 Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

More Information

Primer for Melkite Worship and Ritual. Please click on Role of the Patriarch. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States. Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George (Milwaukee, WI) Melkite Sunday Bulletin.

Patriarchs of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites since 1900 Canadian Catholic iEnchiridion

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