Patriarchate News

On February 11, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Hans-Peter Glanzer, Charge d’Affaires of the Austrian Embassy in Damascus, at the Patriarchate headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

 
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with His Excellency the general situations in Syria and Lebanon. They also spoke about His Holiness’s last visit to Austria.
 
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary, and Media Office Director.
 

On February 9, 2019, upon the invitation of His Excellency Archbishop Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo for the Commemoration of St. Maron according to the Calendar of the Maronite Church.
 
His Excellency Archbishop Nassar celebrated the Qurobo at St. Antonios Maronite Cathedral in Damascus.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
The Qurobo was also attended by His Eminence Cardinal Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as representatives of the Christian Churches in Damascus.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness gave the final blessing.
 

On February 9, 2019, upon the invitation of His Excellency Archbishop Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo for the Commemoration of St. Maron according to the Calendar of the Maronite Church.
 
His Excellency Archbishop Nassar celebrated the Qurobo at St. Antonios Maronite Cathedral in Damascus.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
The Qurobo was also attended by His Eminence Cardinal Mario Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as representatives of the Christian Churches in Damascus.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness gave the final blessing.
 

On the occasion of the New Year 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Charge d’Affaires and Diplomatic Representatives to a Formal Reception at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma.
 
The reception was attended by His Excellency Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, His Excellency Dr. Ayman Sousan, Syrian Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, as well as the ambassadors or heads of missions of various countries.
 
His Holiness Patriarch Aphrem II welcomed their Excellencies and spoke about the positive turning points in the general situation in Syria, especially the victories over terrorism. He considered that the Syrian people have suffered a lot, where in fact no human being should ever suffer. He also remarked that the rebuilding of Syria happens through the cooperation of all; he said, the Church has the responsibility to spiritually build the people. His Holiness added that the Syriac Orthodox Church has started this process by opening Antioch Syrian University to emphasize the importance of education in promoting peace and developed society. He also thanked the ambassadors and their respective governments for their solidarity with Syria, especially expressed by the presence of diplomatic representation and cooperation in Syria.
 
His Excellency Dr. Sousan then assured that Syria appreciates the presence of the diplomatic missions in Syria, for they give the Syrian people a great support; in addition, they are witnesses to the love for life that the Syrians have.
 
His Excellency Cardinal Zenari gave then a speech in which he noted the positive presence of the diplomats in Syria, especially the newly reopened embassies. He considered that this is a good sign that the country is recovering.
 
Their Excellencies then expressed their joy to be united at the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate and they felt this reception to truly reflect the image of the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Syrian hospitality.
 
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 Jazeera and Euphrates, also attended the reception.
 

On the occasion of the New Year 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Charge d’Affaires and Diplomatic Representatives to a Formal Reception at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma.
 
The reception was attended by His Excellency Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, His Excellency Dr. Ayman Sousan, Syrian Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, as well as the ambassadors or heads of missions of various countries.
 
His Holiness Patriarch Aphrem II welcomed their Excellencies and spoke about the positive turning points in the general situation in Syria, especially the victories over terrorism. He considered that the Syrian people have suffered a lot, where in fact no human being should ever suffer. He also remarked that the rebuilding of Syria happens through the cooperation of all; he said, the Church has the responsibility to spiritually build the people. His Holiness added that the Syriac Orthodox Church has started this process by opening Antioch Syrian University to emphasize the importance of education in promoting peace and developed society. He also thanked the ambassadors and their respective governments for their solidarity with Syria, especially expressed by the presence of diplomatic representation and cooperation in Syria.
 
His Excellency Dr. Sousan then assured that Syria appreciates the presence of the diplomatic missions in Syria, for they give the Syrian people a great support; in addition, they are witnesses to the love for life that the Syrians have.
 
His Excellency Cardinal Zenari gave then a speech in which he noted the positive presence of the diplomats in Syria, especially the newly reopened embassies. He considered that this is a good sign that the country is recovering.
 
Their Excellencies then expressed their joy to be united at the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate and they felt this reception to truly reflect the image of the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Syrian hospitality.
 
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 Jazeera and Euphrates, also attended the reception.
 

On February 5, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in gardening campaign, in the fields of Antioch Syrian University, at the university headquarters in Maarat Saydnaya – Rif Dimashq.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
 
His Holiness planted the first plant; then, the university Administrative and Academic staff along with all the students continued the campaign through the day.
 

On February 5, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in gardening campaign, in the fields of Antioch Syrian University, at the university headquarters in Maarat Saydnaya – Rif Dimashq.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
 
His Holiness planted the first plant; then, the university Administrative and Academic staff along with all the students continued the campaign through the day.
 

On February 3, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo of the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, and the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
He was assisted by their Eminences: 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.
 
During the Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak gave a sermon in which he commented on the reading from the Holy Gospel about Jesus being rejected at Nazareth. He pointed out that a Disciple should be brave and courageous despite all rejection and challanges he might face while preaching the Good News. His Eminence also asked the faithful to accept the Lord as a Master of their lives unlike the people of Nazareth.
 
Before communion, His Holiness presided over the Teshmeshto (Service) of the Saints for the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners.
 

On February 3, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo of the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, and the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
He was assisted by their Eminences: 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.
 
During the Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak gave a sermon in which he commented on the reading from the Holy Gospel about Jesus being rejected at Nazareth. He pointed out that a Disciple should be brave and courageous despite all rejection and challanges he might face while preaching the Good News. His Eminence also asked the faithful to accept the Lord as a Master of their lives unlike the people of Nazareth.
 
Before communion, His Holiness presided over the Teshmeshto (Service) of the Saints for the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners.
 

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On February 2nd, 2019, for the occasion of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.

 
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the roots in the Old Testament of the act of presentation to the temple of the firstborns. He also talked about the fulfillment of God’s promises, and recalled the story of Simon the elder.
 
During the Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles according to the tradition of the Syriac OrthodoX Church of Antioch.