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* as his personal motto 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 ex voto suscepto -"received from the vow") in gratitude or devotion