On March 22, 2023, on the occasion of the Mid Lent and the Elevation of the Cross, and the Feast of King Abgar, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Aphrem Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness was assisted by his Eminence Archbishop Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Mor Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Jordan and the Holy Lands, Mor Boutros Kassis, Archbishop of Aleppo and Environs, Mor Severus Roger Akhrass, Patriarchal Vicar for Syriac Studies, Mor Cyril Babi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal, Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Mor Christophoros Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for the Affairs of the Church in India, also attended the Qurobo.
During the Qurobo, His Holiness ordained 7 seminerians (John Kourie, Fridon Samir, Elia Karkour, Issam Al-Aweel, George Shammas, Fadi Maamar, and Johnny Maroge) as well as Dr. Mtanous Alkhouri and Mr. Aphrem Khouri, as subdeacons. His Holiness also ordained 4 seminarians (Antranik Agopian, Tony Hanna, Michel Syriany, Joseph Nanaa), as well as Issa Mardini and Elia Mardini as readers.
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness congratulated the new ordained subdeacons and readers wishing them blessed devotional life for the Glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.Click to view slideshow.