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John X (Yazigi) of Antioch

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[[Image:John Yazigi.jpg|right|frame|Metropolitan 250px|Patriarch John (Yazigi)X]]
His Eminence Metropolitan Beatitude Patriarch '''John X (Yazigi)of Antioch and All the East''' heads is the primate of the [[Church of Antioch]]. Prior to his election as patriarch on December 17, 2012, he led the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe]] headquartered in Paris, France. Before his election and enthronement as [[Metropolitan]], he had been [[titular bishop]] of Pyrgou (al-Hosn), Syria. He was also formerly the dean of the [[St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology (Tripoli, Lebanon)]], the patriarchal [[seminary ]] attached to the University of Balamand.
His Eminence Beatitude has a License Degree in Theology from the Balamand seminary (1978), a Diploma in Byzantine Music from the Byzantine Music Conservatory in Thessaloniki Thessalonica (1981), and a Ph.D. in Theology with a specialization in Liturgics from the University of Thessaloniki Thessalonica (1983). While at the Balamand, he served as Professor of Liturgics (1981-2008), as well as in the abbacy of St. George Al-Humayrah Patriarchal Monastery (1993-2005) and the [[Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand]] (2001-2005).
His Eminence Beatitude is also the author of numerous books and articles on Orthodox theology and liturgics.
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==Biographical Timeline==
*1955 Born Lattakia, Syria.
*1978 Graduated from University of Balamand, Lebanon, with Bachelor of Theology degree.
*1979 [[ordination|Ordained]] [[deacon]] by Metropolitan John (Mansour) of Lattakia.
*1981-2008 Professor of Liturgics, Institute of Theology, Balamand.
*1981 Diploma in Byzantine Music from the Conservatory of Byzantine Music, [[Thessalonica]], Greece.
*1983 Ordained [[priest]] by Met John of Lattakia.
*1983 Doctoral Degree in Liturgics from University of Thessalonica, Greece. Thesis: "Service of Holy Baptism: An Historical, Theological, and Liturgical Study" (in Greek).
*1988-1991 Dean, Institute of Theology, Balamand.
*1993-2005 [[Abbot]] of St. George Al Humayrah Patriarchal Monastery, Syria.
*1995 [[consecration of a bishop|Consecrated]] [[Bishop]].
*1995-2008 Bishop of Pyrgou (Al-Hosn), Syria.
*2001-2005 Dean, Institute of Theology, Balamand.
*2001-2005 Abbot of the Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery, Lebanon.
*2008-2012 Metropolitan of Europe (formerly "of Western and Central Europe") and member of the Holy Synod of Antioch.
*2012-present Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.
==External links==
*[ Brief Biography from Archdiocese of Europe website]
*[ Balamand seminary biography]
*[ Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
[[Category:Patriarchs of Antioch]]
[[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]]
[[Category:St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology Graduates]]
[[fr:Jean (Yazigi) d'Europe occidentale et centrale]]
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