Patriarchate News

On May 2nd, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Adel al-Albi, Governor of Damascus, and Mr. Husam Al-Samman, Secretary of the Baath Party in Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

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

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On May 2, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with a delegation from St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC), at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
The delegation was headed by Mr. Shadi Sarweh, Executive Director of EPDC, and consisted of workers and volunteers.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and General Manager of EPDC, was present.
 
The delegation offered greetings to His Holiness on the occasion of the feast of Resurrection, and informed him about its programs and projects.
 
His Holiness welcomed the delegation and expressed his happiness about the great service that EPDC is providing to the Syrian Society, through the various projects and initiatives executed for the relief and development of all who are affected by the Syrian crisis.
 
The workers and volunteers shared with His Holiness their experiences and stories, and showed the great positive effect of EPDC on their lives, and the lives of those whom they serve.
 
At the end, the committee celebrated the birthday of His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, General Manager of EPDC.
 

On May 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the Round Sixteen of the Antioch Cup Championship organized by the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department (SPYD) at Saydnaya playground in Rif-Dimashq.
 
He was accompanied by 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.
 
His Eminence Mor Anthimos welcomed His Holiness and thanked him for blessing the championship by his personal presence. He also welcomed the various qualified teams participating in the championship from all the Syriac Orthodox Archdioceses in Syria. He also spoke about the goals of the championship, mainly strengthening the love and respect bonds between children of the church.
 
In his word, His Holiness expressed his joy to be among his spiritual children who gather for the opening of the Round Sixteen of Antioch Cup Championship. He praised the high organization of the cup, and spoke about the importance of sports in keeping our bodies – which are temples of the Holy Spirit – in shape.
 
During the opening, the Cup of the Friendly Football Championship organized by SPYD in 2018, and won by Don Bosco team, was presented by the winners to Saydnaya Team, who lost Rami – a member of the team last year. Sydnaya team, in turn, presented the cup to the father of Rami.
 
The Final Match in the championship will take place on May 6, 2019.
 

On April 1st 2019, for the occasion of the International Labor Day, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited the sanitary workers in Old Damascus for an honorary banquet at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, also attended.
 
His Holiness expressed his gratitude to the workers for they have protected the city from many diseases during the long years of war. Some of them have made the ultimate sacrifice, they were martyred while on their job.
 
The workers then shared their stories and experiences.
 

On May 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from Um Al-Zunnar Scouts (Lady of the Girdle) from Homs, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

The meeting was attended by 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.
The delegation offered His Holiness greetings on the occasion of the feast of the Resurrection.
His Holiness expressed his joy to be informed about the activities of the scouts in Homs, and gave them his instructions for their spiritual lives and for their service as scouts.
 

On April 28, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on Easter Sunday at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma Damascus.
 
Their Eminences Archbishop Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Archbishop Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
 
His Excellency Mr. Hammouda Sabbagh, Speaker of the Syrian Parliament, attended the Qurobo along with his family.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness assured that we who believe that our Lord is Risen from the dead, should live accordingly, and thus be new creation in the Spirit and the truth. He considered that “the evil, destruction, wars, famine, disasters, are all a sign of our weak faith in God and in His resurrection, and of not leading a life that pleases the Risen Son”. He added: “if all humans believe in His resurrection, our world would have been a better place where peace, love, and serenity reign”.
 
His Holiness also considered that the life of our Lord Jesus between us did not come to an end on the cross, but found its completion when He rose from the dead. His life is a life of love, for He said: for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. His Holiness illustrated: “Each one of us is deer to our Lord Jesus Christ, not only those of us who believe in Him, but all humans, for He wants that all of us repent and be saved”. He added: “we have never heard of a god who came to death on behalf of the world, and not only for those who love him, but also for the non believers. Only our true Lord and God Whom we worship came to death for us that we may not die”.
 
His Holiness continued: “today is the Feast of Resurrection; today is a day in which we renew our lives in Christ; a day in which we become new in Spirit and truth, and accept the new law of the Lord Jesus Christ, thus love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us”.
 
About the situation in Syria, His Holiness said: “We have appealed, and continue to appeal to those countries and powers that have imposed illegal, unjust, and unilateral sanctions on us, to lift them; for no one deserves to be deprived of his basic human rights”. His Holiness prayed for all those doing evil to Syria, that the Lord may enlighten them and bring them towards the truth. He prayed for Iraq, Lebanon, and the region.
 
He also greeted his spiritual children faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, and to all Christians. He concluded: “we pray that our world becomes consecrated to the Lord God. Christ is Risen, truly Risen”.
 
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness also prayed for peace in Syria and in the Middle East.
 
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness led the procession of the Cross as well as the special prayers for the Resurrection.
 

On April 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated “Bounty of My Country” shop, facing the Patriarchate in Bab Touma – Damascus.

The shop is a project executed by the Patriarchate in collaboration with Barnabas Fund. It is a permanent exhibition for the products of humanitarian organizations. It aims providing help to those organizations by selling their products.

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On April 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Evening of Resurrection Sunday at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, celebrated the Holy Qurobo, in the presence of His Eminence Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education.
 
His Holiness announced the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and presided over the special service for the occasion.
 

On April 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Funeral Service of the Thrice Blessed Archbishop Mor Timotheos Aphrem Abboudi, at the Virgin Mary Cathedral in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
 
He was assisted 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 Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Timotheos Matthew, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education.
 
His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, was represented by Rev. Fr. Habib Mrad, Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Secretary,
 
His Holiness delivered a eulogy in which he spoke about the zeal of the blessed thrice Archbishop Aphrem to the Church and humans. He divested himself from worldly possessions not caring for property or money, but had full faith that the Lord will always take care of him until the hour of His death. His Holiness also recalled his love and service for the Holy Church in India, where he served the church during days of hardship; he encouraged the faithful and strengthened them, affirming them in the love of the Lord God and the Holy Church, and loyalty to the throne of Antioch. His Holiness expressed his deep sorrow and offered condolences to the Holy Church and the family of the Late Archbishop.
 
At the end of the service, the thrice Blessed Mor Timotheos Aphrem Abboudi was buried in the tombs of the Archbishops in Atchaneh.
May his memory be eternal.
 

On April 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Qurobo celebrated by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, on the occasion of the ‘Sbartho’ Saturday, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral, Damascus.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, also attended.