Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the Sunday of all faithful departed, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
His Eminence Mor Dionysios Jean Kawak helped His Holiness in the Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the importance of praying for the dead, and commemorating them, especially during Holy Qurobo. He asked the Lord to make our faithful departed worthy to be with Him in His heavenly kingdom.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over evening (ramsho) prayer at the chapel of the university of Salzburg.
The prayer was attended by His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, as well as faithful from our church who participated in the inauguration session of “Severus of Antioch and His Search for the Unity of the Church: 1500 Years Commemoration of his Exile in 518 AD” conference.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the inauguration session of the Conference: “Severus of Antioch and His Search for the Unity of the Church: 1500 Years Commemoration of his Exile in 518 AD”, organized by the Department of Syriac Studies at the University of Salzburg in connection to the commemoration of the 1500th anniversary of St. Severus exile to Egypt.
In his opening speech, His Holiness gave an overview about the life and writings of St. Severus of Antioch. He highlighted the fact that “Despite being away from his flock, enjoying personal safety and comfort, St. Severus did not abandon his mission nor has he forgotten his responsibility towards his flock in Antioch”. He added that “our saintly Patriarch continued to administer the Church of Antioch from his exile in Egypt for a period of 20 years”.
His Holiness also spoke about the great impact that St. Severus left on the liturgical tradition of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
He also congratulated Beth Suryoye for organizing this conference, which “is a tangible sign of the success of Beth Suryoye in fulfilling its mission of promoting Syriac Studies and preparing future generations of clergy, scholars and teachers for the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in Europe and elsewhere.”
At the end of his speech, His Holiness honored Dr. Sebastian Brock, is celebrating his 80th birthday, with a token of appreciation for dedicating most of his life to the Syriac Studies. His Holiness wished him and his family good health.
Several speeches were then delivered the inauguration session, which was also attended by His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mgr. Dr. Franz Lackner, Catholic Archbishop of Salzburg.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Grace Mgr. Johan Bonny, Catholic Bishop of Antwerp – Belgium, at the Patriarchate headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
His Holiness discussed with his guest various issues related to the current situation in Syria, as well as ecumenical affairs concerning the relation between churches.
His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visits the Governor of Deir ez-Zor Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Samra, at the Governate headquarters.
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Khago, and Deacon Imad Syryany.
The Governor welcomed His Holiness, and expressed his great appreciation for this historical visit, with all the support it provides to the citizens of the city. He also thanked the Syriac Orthodox Church for opening a clinic in the city, and helping people regardless of their religion or ethnicity.
His Holiness thanked the Governor for his welcome, and congratulated him for the victory of the city. He reassured that the church will always stand by the side of all who are affected by the crisis, and wished that the city recovers so soon
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II examines the destruction in the city of Deir ez-Zor.
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Khago, and Deacon Imad Syryany.
The Governor of Deir ez-Zor Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Samra was also present, as well as several religious and political figures.
His Holiness examined several churches and mosques as well as the two main destroyed bridges which connect the city with the east branch of the Euphrates.
During his visits, His Holiness expressed his hope that the city will be rebuilt again.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated St. Ephrem Charity Clinic in Deir ez-Zor in the presence of His Excellency the Governor of Deir ez-Zor Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Samra.

He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Khago, and Deacon Imad Syryany.

The clinic is a common project between St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and is the first of its kind in Deir ez-Zor after the crisis. The clinic offers free medicine and medical services to all citizens.

His Holiness prayed that the Lord may bless the clinic, its administration, doctors, and all those who work in it or come to it seeking medication. He then made a tour in the different sections of the clinic.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II examines Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church in Deir ez-Zor after its destruction by terrorists.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the first Holy Qurobo over the ruins of Virgin Mary church in Deir ez-Zor, after the city’s liberation.

The Governor of Deir ez-Zor Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Samra, received His Holiness and the accompanying delegation at the airport.

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.

The Holy Qurobo was attended by several religious figures, as well as the faithful who started to return back to the city.

In his sermon, His Holiness thanked the Lord that the irregular situation in the city has come to an end, and expressed his deep sorrow to see destruction everywhere, especially that churches, mosques and all kinds of buildings were destroyed by terrorists. However, His Holiness assured that his visit to the city is a vivid message to all evil hands that we are the children of life, and that Syria will recover no matter what. He also expressed his solidarity with all families and citizens of the city who lost their beloved ones or their houses and works, and assured them that the church will always try its best to help them. His Holiness also expressed his sadness to celebrate the Holy Qurobo over the ruins of Virgin Mary Church.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Selwanos Petros Al-Nemeh, Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about Simon the elder who gave us an example by his strong trust in God an His promises. He also emphasized the importance of following the Lord’s commandments and abiding by the church laws, as our Lord and Savior did. His Holiness spoke as well about the faithfulness of Mother of God Mary and St. Joseph.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles.