Metropolitan Mar Melchizedek


Mar Melchizedek, OSB is the Abbot of St. Joseph of Arimathea Skete and its associated Benedictine dependencies. He is also the Metropolitan of a large international Synod.


Mar Melchizedek chose the Latin motto ex voto suscepto (based on a vow) as an indication of his devotion to the holy Orthodox faith in a sincere, Christ-like manner, emphasizing that traditional Orthodox Christianity is based on one's faith and practice, not on membership in exclusive assemblies.




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*An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to God. It is given in fulfillment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made") in gratitude or devotion.