Holy Qurobo on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Selwanos Petros Al-Nemeh, Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about Simon the elder who gave us an example by his strong trust in God an His promises. He also emphasized the importance of following the Lord’s commandments and abiding by the church laws, as our Lord and Savior did. His Holiness spoke as well about the faithfulness of Mother of God Mary and St. Joseph.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles.