Patriarchate News

On January 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Charity Bazaar organized by Emanuel Family of the brotherhood of “Faith and Light” (Iman w Noor) at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, was also present.

His Holiness blessed the volunteers and workers in the family, and prayed for them asking the Lord to bless their efforts and service.

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On January 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Epiphany Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.

In His Sermon, His Holiness spoke about Epiphany as the revelation of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity. He also spoke about the bosom of baptism to which one enters earthly and with physical body yet gets out with spiritual and son/daughter of God.

His Holiness then presided over Epiphany procession in the Church.

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On December 25, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Christmas Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, and Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus Armash Nalbandian, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
 
His Excellency Dr. Hammoudeh Sabbagh, Speaker of the Syrian Parliament, attended the Holy Qurobo.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness said that our Lord Jesus is “the King who has no like, for His kingdom is not of this world; He is a King who does not wait for anyone to serve Him, for He came to serve our humankind”; he added “He is the King who seeks not war or injustice or oppression, but always calls for peace and love; this is why Isaiah calls Him the Prince of Peace”.
 
His Holiness invited all the faithful to “rest assured reciting the words of Job the righteous while in hardship: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives’ (Job 19:25). Let is surrender our lives to Him for whoever seeks Him shall never be disappointed”.
 
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness prayed for all who suffered the evil of wars in Syria and throughout the Middle East. Then, he offered Christmas greetings to all Syriac Orthodox faithful and all Christians in Christmas.

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On December 24, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided the Holy Qurobo for Christmas Eve in St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, celebrated the Holy Qurobo.
 
During the Qurobo, Christmas procession was performed, then the Christmas Message of His Holiness was read.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness blessed the faithful and wished them a Merry Christmas.

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On December 24, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Sayyed Abu’l Fadl Tabtabaei, Representative of Al Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei in Damascus, at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
His Excellency led a delegation of Muslim Sheikhs who offered Christmas greetings to His Holiness.
 
They discussed the historical role of Christians in Syria, Iran and throughout the Middle East.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, attended the meeting.

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On December 24, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Syrian Deputy Minister of Religious Endowments Muhammad Abd Al-Sattar Al-Sayyid, and a group of Muslim Sheikhs, who offered to His Holiness Christmas greetings.
 
His Holiness and His Excellency expressed their joy that peace and security reigned again in Syria, especially during these days of feasts.

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On December 23, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Al-Kalima School, which is affiliated with our Archdiocese in Aleppo, and which was damaged during the war in Aleppo.

His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, and the clergy.

His Holiness made in tour in the school’s building and inspected the damage. He wished that the school will be renovated so soon, and that it will reopen and continue its service for the society of Aleppo.

He then inaugurated the playground of Al-Kalima School, which will be a space for the children of Aleppo to exercise and organize various sports activities.

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On December 23, 2018, upon the invitation of His Excellency Governor of Aleppo Hussein Diab, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a ceremony on the occasion of the second commemoration of the liberation of Aleppo, at Al-Assad Stadium in Aleppo.

His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

During the ceremony, several musical and sports programs were presented, in the presence of public figures and large crowds from Aleppo.

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On December 23, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Aphrem Cathedral in al-Sulaymaniyye – Aleppo.
 
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, in the presence of Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, as well as the clergy, deacons, and a crowd of the faithful.
 
in his sermon, His Holiness expressed his gladness to meet his spiritual children in Aleppo, and thanked the Lord who gave him this opportunity to be with them and express his love to them, especially in the absence of their shepherd Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim. He considered that the abduction of the two bishops of Aleppo as well as the clergy and innocent people leads us to question this decaying world and the aim of doing any evil and harm.
 
His Holiness greeted the faithful for the occasion of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus, and prayed for the release of all the abducted, and that Aleppo may fully recover from the crisis.
 
He also commented on the reading from Holy Gospel of the Sunday of genealogy of our Lord Jesus. He said that St. Matthew aimed at making it clear for the Jews that Jesus is the Son of David, and that all prophecies come to completion through Him.
 
After the Qurobo, His Holiness inaugurated a Christmas exhibition organized by the Center of Christian Education in the Cathedral. He then received the faithful who offered him Christmas greetings.
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On December 22, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an event organized by St. Aphrem Patriarchal Choir for the second anniversary of the liberation of the city of Aleppo.
 
During the event, Christmas chants as well as national and cultural songs were presented by the choir in different languages.
 
In his word, His Holiness considered that Christmas is a priceless feast that brings to us peace every year, even in times of hardship. It is a feast that brings joys to the heart of all people and reminds them that life is stronger than death. His Holiness added that it was meant for us in Syria to be dead, but we love life, not any life, but the life that is according to the will of God, it is the life of heaven on earth, full of heavenly peace. His Holiness also praised their great performance of the choir, and congratulated all the crowds present for the occasion of the second anniversary of the liberation of Aleppo. Today, His Holiness elaborated, is a chance for us to live once again the peace that we have missed for years, not an external peace but a peace that springs out from the bottom of the heart.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in Damascus, as well as their Excellencies representatives of the various churches in Aleppo, and a number of political and public figures and a crowd of people, attended the event.
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