Patriarchate News

On January 18, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Ephrem Cathedral in Al Swaifyeh, Jordan.
 
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Athanasius Touma Dakama, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, in the presence of His Eminence Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra.
 
His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Emeritus Archbishop and Patriarch of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various local churches in Jordan, attended the Holy Qurobo.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness thanked the Lord God Who gave him the opportunity to visit his spiritual children in Jordan, and witness their sincere faith and great love, which they inherited from their forefathers, who arrived to Jordan after the genocides. His Holiness praised the efforts of the parishioners in Jordan, who built for themselves a Cathedral and are now inaugurating St. Mark Center.
 
His Holiness prayed the Lord to keep them and provide them with health and success, and to bless Jordan, that it remains a country where citizens of all denominations can live with harmony.
 
His Holiness also welcomed His Beatitude Patriarch Twal, and all the archbishops and clergy present in the Church.
 
He also spoke about the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, emphasizing the fact that the Holy Trinity was revealed on the Jordan river as One True God. His Holiness also invited the faithful to recall their baptismal vows and be aware of the fact that their baptism is for salvation, not repentance as was John’s baptism. He considered that in baptism, we die with Christ to be risen with Him, and be reborn with a new nature similar to that of Adam before sin.
 

On January 18, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was received at the Jordanian Borders, for the First Apostolic Visit to the Syriac Orthodox Church there.
 
Very Rev. Raban Benyamen Chamoun, Parish Priest in Jordan, as well as a number of officials, received His Holiness.
 
The delegation accompanying His Holiness consists of: His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department, and Very Rev. Raban Barsoum Kindo.
 

On January 12, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation of Zacharias Institute which is affiliated with the Barnabite fathers in Milan, Italy, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
 
The delegation was led Rev. Fr. Ambrogio Valzasina from the Barnabite order, and the meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Mr. Shadi Sarweh, Executive Director of St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC).
 
The delegation presented to His Holiness as a symbolic gift, the first model painting of the historical drawing of the Mother of Providence which is kept in Rome and dates back to the sixteenth century.
 
His Holiness spoke with his guests about the general situation in Syria. The institute will contribute to the various educational projects led by EPDC in Syria.
 

On January 11, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Rev. Fr. Tony Khadra, President of Labora, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.

Rev. Fr. Khadra offered greetings to His Holiness on the occasion of Christmas and New year. They then spoke together about Labora and the support it gives to Christians in Lebanon by providing work and training.

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On January 10, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence, the Most Reverend Silouan, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Byblos, Batroun and Dependencies, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Benevolent Patriarchal Institutions in Atchaneh.
 
His Eminence Silouan offered greetings to His Holiness on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. His Holiness also congratulated His Eminence for his new office as Metropolitan of Byblos and wished him successful ministry. They also discussed together general and common church matters.
 
Then, they visited St. Severus Church and made a tour in the Patriarchal Residence.
 

On January 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Their Excellencies: Dr. Nizar Yazigi, Syrian Health Minister, and Mr. Hussein Makhlouf, Syrian Local Administration and Environment Minister, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
 
His Eminence 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, attended the meeting.
 
Their Excellencies offered to His Holiness warm greetings on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. His Holiness also discussed with his guests the general situations in Syria and the region.
 

On January 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Javad Turk-Abadi, Ambassador of Iran to Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
 
His Eminence 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, attended the meeting.
 
His Excellency offered to His Holiness warm greetings on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. His Holiness also discussed with his guest the current situations in Syria and the region. They assured the importance of peaceful coexistence, unity, and good human relations among the various components of the societies.
 
At the end, Holiness presented to His Excellency the Lord’s Prayer written in Syriac Language.

 

On January 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Charity Bazaar organized by Emanuel Family of the brotherhood of “Faith and Light” (Iman w Noor) at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, was also present.

His Holiness blessed the volunteers and workers in the family, and prayed for them asking the Lord to bless their efforts and service.

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On January 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Epiphany Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.

In His Sermon, His Holiness spoke about Epiphany as the revelation of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity. He also spoke about the bosom of baptism to which one enters earthly and with physical body yet gets out with spiritual and son/daughter of God.

His Holiness then presided over Epiphany procession in the Church.

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On December 25, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Christmas Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, and Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus Armash Nalbandian, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
 
His Excellency Dr. Hammoudeh Sabbagh, Speaker of the Syrian Parliament, attended the Holy Qurobo.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness said that our Lord Jesus is “the King who has no like, for His kingdom is not of this world; He is a King who does not wait for anyone to serve Him, for He came to serve our humankind”; he added “He is the King who seeks not war or injustice or oppression, but always calls for peace and love; this is why Isaiah calls Him the Prince of Peace”.
 
His Holiness invited all the faithful to “rest assured reciting the words of Job the righteous while in hardship: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives’ (Job 19:25). Let is surrender our lives to Him for whoever seeks Him shall never be disappointed”.
 
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness prayed for all who suffered the evil of wars in Syria and throughout the Middle East. Then, he offered Christmas greetings to all Syriac Orthodox faithful and all Christians in Christmas.

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