Patriarchate News

On September 30th 3018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a prayer at the graveyard of Johannes Rudbeckius, in the presence of His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren, Bishop of Västerås.

Then, His Holiness inaugurated an exhibition at the Cathedral of Västerås. He then attended a concert entitled “The Company of Heaven” at the Cathedral.

Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Archbishop of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were also present.

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On September 30th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an official reception prepared at the house of His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren, Bishop of Västerås, by His Grace in honor of His Holiness.

The Syriac scouts received His Holiness at the house of His Grace with a performance of the band.

In his word, His Holiness thanked His Grace for the love and respect he showed him since his arrival to Sweden. His Holiness then spoke about the situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Syria.

Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Archbishop of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were also present, in addition to guests from local churches and from the Swedish society.

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On Sunday September 30th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden, at Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden.
During the service, His Holiness gave a sermon in which he commented on the Gospel according to Luke 10:17-20. He highlighted the fact that “The Lord is not denying the disciples the right to be satisfied and to rejoice; rather, He is warning them that happiness should be for the right reasons. He is making them aware that there is false happiness in the world, happiness that is built on pride, false power, and personal satisfaction; false happiness that comes as a result of worldly gains and not heavenly rewards”.
“True happiness which lasts” His Holiness illustrated “is what comes from the Lord Jesus, from our faith in Him and commitment to living His gospel.”
Noting the authority given to the disciples, His Holiness added “sending them on this mission, He gave them authority (cf. 10: 19). Their authority is an extension of His power; they could not do it on their own. In order to conquer the world and its lusts, and to win the battles against the evil one, they needed to have a greater authority than that of this world.”
Speaking about the mission of the Church, he said: “It is the mission of the Church today to bring back Christ to all the people of Sweden.”
“Christians, throughout the world but in the context of Sweden also, need to know that danger and rejection are to be expected. For the message of Christ presents a constant challenge to the worldly beliefs and convictions, because we are in the world but not of the world (cf. John 15: 19)”, His Holiness continued, “Therefore, pastors, clergy and indeed every Christian on a mission need to be watchful and prepared for refusal and denial. Nevertheless, the peace that comes from the Lord of peace and that comforts in times of difficulties is indescribable.”
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness prayed for the success of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden, remarking that “We are all more successful if we work together and collaborate, with the same zeal and enthusiasm that the disciples and apostles had when they shared the Gospel, preached it and taught the ‘new’ teaching of Jesus Christ, the teaching of the Kingdom of God”.
Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Archbishop of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, also attended the service.
 

On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden, presided over vespers at Uppsala Cathedral.
During the prayer, Her Eminence gave a sermon. At the end, His Holiness gave the final blessing.
Their Eminences: Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were present.
 

On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden, held an open conversation at Uppsala Cathedral.
During the conversation, His Holiness answered the questions directed to him. He spoke about the mission of our Syriac Orthodox Church and the Church of Sweden in Sweden and all over the world, mainly preaching the Good Tidings to all people.
Their Eminences: Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were present.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden.

His Holiness and Her Eminence had a private talk.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the Very Rev. Annica Anderbrant, Dean of Uppsala Cathedral.
Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were present, in addition to His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren.
After having a small talk, His Holiness presented Very Rev. Anderbrant a small gift as a token of respect.
Very Rev. Anderbrant hosted a lunch in honor of His Holiness.
 

On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Salzburg Support Committee of the Syriac Theological Seminary in Salzburg (STSS) in Sweden.
His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland attended the meeting.
His Holiness gave his instructions emphasizing the common responsibility of all archdioceses and parishes to support all our seminaries in Europe.
He also spoke about the importance of raising educated and spiritual seminarians and pastors for the Church.
 

On September 28th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden upon an official invitation from the Church of Sweden for him to be the guest of honor at the opening session of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden.
His Holiness is accompanied by their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by a delegation from our Syriac Orthodox Church in Sweden led by their Eminences Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, and Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, as well as a delegation of representatives from the Church of Sweden led by His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren.
 

On September 25th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Abdallah Al-Gharby, Syrian Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

His Holiness and His Excellency studied matter on the agenda of the meeting.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, attended the meeting.

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