Μητροπολίτης Ηλίας Κουρμπάν / Metropolitan Elias Kurban
Ένας Άραβας Μητροπολίτης και Ψάλτης / An Arab Metropolitan and Psaltis
(offered by Amanda Yazbeck, click for original size)
Βιογραφικά / Biographical
The following info on Met. Elias Kurban was written by Met. Philip Saliba and offered by Amanda Yazbeck. H.E. Elias fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday 30 July 2009.
Metropolitan ELIAS (Kurban) was born in Ain-Sindyaneh in the late 1920’s. He lost his father when he was a child. He and his brothers and sisters were raised by his late mother of blessed memory. He began his life in the Church at a very early age at Saint Elias Monastery of Showaia and subsequently he enrolled at the Balamand Seminary near Tripoli, Lebanon. He was gifted with an angelic voice and excelled in Byzantine Music. After he left Balamand Seminary, he enrolled at the Asiya Orthodox School in Damascus where he received his Baccalaureate Degree. From Damascus he came to Beirut to live at the Orthodox Bishopric under the Omophorion of the late Metropolitan ELIA (Saleeby).
While in Beirut he enrolled at the American University of Beirut where he earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in History. His Thesis for his M.A. Degree was on the Antiochian Crisis of 1898-1899. In the early 1950’s he left Beirut for the United States of America where he lived with the late Metropolitan ANTONY (Bashir), and at the same time studied theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Divinity. In the late 1950’s he was ordained a priest by Metropolitan ANTONY (Bashir) and assigned to the pastorate of Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Parish in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1961, he was elected Metropolitan by the Holy Synod of Antioch and in early 1962 he was consecrated as Metropolitan of Tripoli, Al-Koura, and Dependencies. He worked tirelessly in his archdiocese for 47 years. He distinguished himself by organizing many Syro-Byzantine choirs which have enriched the spiritual life of the Patriarchate of Antioch.
He was loved by Christians and Muslims alike, and contributed much to a dialogue of understanding between Christians and non-Christians. He established many institutions in his archdiocese and left many beautiful recordings which are his greatest legacy. Metropolitan ILYAS is gone but the echo of his voice will remain in the ears of the present Orthodox generation, and in many generations to come. His memory indeed is eternal!
+ His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba)
Βίντεο / Videos
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Ηχογραφήσεις / Recordings
The following were offered by Tony Badran
Μεθ'ημών ο Θεός (Αραβικά), Ήχος Πλάγιος του Δευτέρου, με τον π. Γρηγόριο Μούσα / Meth'imon o Theos (Arabic), Plagal Second Mode, with Fr. Gregorios Moussa
The following were offered by Amanda Yazbeck
Όσοι εις Χριστόν Εβαπτίσθητε, Αραβικά/Ελληνικά / As many as have been baptised,
Πολυχρόνιον του Πατριάρχη Αντιοχείας / Polychronion to the Patriarch of Antioch
Άξιον Εστίν, Πλαγιος του Τετάρτου (ηχογράφηση ~1960 όταν ήταν ιερέας στις ΗΠΑ),
Axion Estin, Plagal Fourth Mode (recorded ~1960 when he was a priest in the US)
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