Patriarchate News

On March 28, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over a meeting to discuss issues related to the unity of the Knanaya Archdiocese and its growth and well being, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Severius Kuriakose, Archbishop and Chief Metropolitan of the Knanaya Archdiocese, Mor Gregorios Kuriakose, Metropolitan of Kallissery Region of the Knanaya Archdiocese, Mor Ivanios Kuriakose, Metropolitan of the Ranni Region of the Knanaya Archdiocese, and Mor Silvanus Ayyub, Archbishop of America, Canada and Europe Region of the Knanaya Archdiocese, attended the meeting from the Knanaya Archdiocese. The Secretary and the Treasurer of the Knanaya Committee as well as some other members of the community have also participated in the meeting.
 
The meeting was also attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nemeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education.
 
The fathers prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to reach a common mind concerning the different issues prevailing on the Knanaya Archdiocese.

 

On Monday March 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II officially opened the studios of the Patriarchal TV Channel Suboro TV. The opening was attended by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, Armenian Orthodox Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, and His Beatitude Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, as well as Archbishops and officials and workers in the field of the media.
 
After inspecting the studios and the diverse parts of the new TV channel, their Holinesses and Beatitude were briefed on the different stages of work in Suboro TV. His Holiness then conducted the service of the blessing of the new studios. At the end of the service, their Holinesses and beatitude blessed the water which was spread in the new offices of the headquarters of Suboro TV.
 
Then the official inaugural ceremony was conducted in the great hall where the executive director of Suboro TV spoke and introduced the diverse programs that will be broadcasted on the channel.
 
His Eminence Mor Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, and Mr. Majed Bou Hadir delivered speeches on this occasion.
 
In his speech, His Holiness congratulated the faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church on the opening of Suboro TV “Voice of Antioch” which “carries a great message and mission: to spread the good news that the Lord Jesus called His disciples to carry to the entire world, the good news of the salvation of men… and it expresses the authenticity of our spiritual heritage and of belonging to the apostolic see established by St. Peter in Antioch”.
 
His Holiness added: “Today, from the high mountains, Suboro TV “the Voice of Antioch” is launched over the cedars, carrying with it the word of God through our oriental spirituality and apostolic Antiochian traditions. It carries the good news not only to every Syriac person, but to every human being wherever he is. Man was always the pivotal center of God’s care: for his sake, God created everything in this world. Out of our conviction that every human being is important, we decided that the mission of Suboro TV is: building Man”.
 
At the end of the ceremony, His Holiness received the congratulating people who shared their enthusiasm on the opening of this new TV channel for the glory of God and the growth of the Holy Church.
 

On Monday March 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Severus Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon, on the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation and the opening of Suboro TV.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh – Bikfaya, Lebanon. The Holy Qurobo was attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education.
 
The Holy Qurobo was also attended by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, Armenian Orthodox Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, and His Excellency Bishop John Alwan, General Patriarchal Vicar, representing His Beatitude Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Al-Raii, as well as officials and faithful.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Annunciation and pointed out that the Virgin Mary accepted the annunciation of the angel despite her knowledge that many persecutions and false accusations await her. His Holiness added that we learn from the Virgin Mary to say: thy will be done. He continued saying that no one accepts to appear sinful in front of others, knowing that they will stone him to death. He added that we learn from the Virgin Mary that we should trust the Lord and accept the message of the Heavens, not caring for what can come to us from the world. He also pointed out that we should be good disciples of the good master, spreading His teachings in words and deeds.
 
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness congratulated the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church on the opening of Suboro TV, hoping that it will carry the good news to every home.
 

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On March 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received their Excellencies: Mr. Paulo Cordeiro de Andrade Pinto, Ambassador of Brazil to Beirut, Mr. Fabio Vaz Pitaluga, Ambassador of Brazil to Damascus, and Mr. Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos Junior, Deputy Chief of Brazilian Mission, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

 
His Holiness welcomed his guests and discussed with them the situations in Lebanon, Syria, and the Middle East. They also spoke about the presence and role of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Brazil. His Holiness and his guests assured the importance of helping Christians remain in the lands of the forefathers.
 
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On March 21, 2019, for the occasion of the 5 years memorial of the departure of the Late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (March 21, 2014), His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over Evening Prayer at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
 
Monks and seminarians of Mor Aphrem Seminary attended the prayer.
 
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness held a special service (teshmeshto d-Kumre) for the departed patriarchs at the tombs of the patriarchs in the Monastery.
 

On March 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Festival of the Aramaic Language in the poems of George Rizkallah which was held at Dar El Assad Opera House in Damascus.
His Holiness was accompanied by Very. Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Dayroyo Boutros Dakermanji.
The festival included choirs who performed songs in Aramaic, especially from the town of Maaloula. 

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On Saturday 16, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Alexander Efimov, Russian Ambassador to Damascus, and a delegation from the Russian Embassy, at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya – Rif Dimashq.

 
Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, attended the meeting.
 
His Holiness welcomed his guest, and showed his happiness concerning the supporting position of Russia to Syria during the whole crisis, in face of terrorism and black political agendas. He spoke about the projects executed by the patriarchate to relief and help all who suffered in Syria regardless of their belief. He also assured that the Church seeks through these projects to strengthen the Christian presence in Syria, which is related to security and safety, yet also to having job vacancies and opportunities.
 
His Excellency thanked His Holiness for his welcome, and expressed his respect to the Syriac Orthodox Church, and his happiness to see the Church projects. He also stressed the significance of supporting Christians to remain fixed in the Middle East.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, then, gave an overview of the work of St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) throughout Syria, and the humanitarian projects of the patriarchate, especially Antioch Syrian University (ASU).
 
Later, His Eminence, His Excellency, and the delegation, made a tour in ASU where they were informed about the various academic programs offered.
 
At the end, His Holiness his esteemed guest for lunch.
 

On March 16, 2019, for the occasion of the Feast of Mor Aphrem and Mor Theodoros, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Aphrem Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
 
Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
 
During the Qurobo, His Holiness ordained 7 subdeacons (Rami Malaab, Khalil Abdelnour, Gabriel Asmar, Basem Dalloul, Hanna Youssef, Vinicius Torres, and Matheus Luz) and a reader (Nasr Qoba).
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness congratulated the new ordained subdeacons and reader wishing them blessed devotional life for the Glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.
 

On March 13, 2019, His Holiness presided over the official Holy Qurobo celebrated by His Eminence Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, at St. Georges Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
The Holy Qurobo was attended by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
 
His Eminence Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, along with their Eminences and Excellencies Archbishops representatives of the various Churches in Damascus attended the Holy Qurobo.
 
In his sermon, His Eminence Mor Anthimos spoke about the verse “whatever He says to you, do it” (Jn. 2:5). He also prayed the Lord to strengthen him to minister to the youth of the Church with faithfulness and dedication. At the end of his sermon, he thanked His Holiness for his overwhelming love.
 
During the Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury congratulated the New Archbishop on behalf of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus wishing him fruitful service for the glory of God.
 
After the Qurobo, all who were present offered congratulations to His Eminence Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub.
 

On March 10, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Qurobo celebrated by the New Archbishop Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, at St. Jacob Baradeus Church in Atchaneh – Lebanon, for the Sunday of Cana, which is the first Sunday of the Great Lent.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Athanasius Elia Bahi, Patriarchal Vicar in Canada, Mor Gregorius Malke Urek, Patriarchal Vicar in Adiyaman and its Environs, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates, and Mor Georges Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar of Belgium, France and Luxemburg,attended the Holy Qurobo.
 
During the Qurobo, the Patriarchal Encyclical for the Great Lent was read, according to the tradition of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.