Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at the Lady of the Girdle (Zunoro) church in Homs. He was received by His Eminence Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Metropolitan of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, as well as priests, monks, and deacons of the Archdiocese, and a crowd of faithful.

Her Excellency MP Sanaa Abou Zaid, member of Syrian Parliament, Mr. Miguel Naoum, Secretary of the First Division of the Baath Party, and the District Attorney Mr. Faris Sattouf were also present.

His Holiness entered the church where he presided over Ramsho (evening) Prayer of the Palms Sunday.

At the end of the prayer, His Eminence Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh gave a word in which he welcomed His Holiness; he said: “On this blessed day, we are happy to receive Your Holiness while crying out: ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’”. His Eminence also pointed out to the love that His Holiness has for this church as well as the whole Archdiocese of Homs. He also recalled the old visits of His Holiness to Homs, during which he consoled the broken hearts; “today, however” His Eminence added, “you came to share with us the joy of Palms Sunday, the joy of the entrance of the Messiah to Jerusalem.” At the end of his word, His Eminence congratulated His Holiness for the occasion of the 4th anniversary of his election to the throne of Antioch.

His Holiness then spoke expressing his great joy to “meet the faithful of this blessed Archdiocese, especially on this glorious feast, and in this holy church of the Lady of the Girdle which has received a special blessing from the Virgin Mary.” His Holiness expressed his joy to see life returning back to the city of Homs. He then spoke about his election; he said that it is “an occasion for me to ask God to give me success in serving His Church with loyalty and hard work. It is an occasion to thank our Lord Jesus Christ, first and foremost, for this grace and this call which I deserve not, and only by Him it is completed”; he added “I thank my brothers, their Eminences Metropolitans, members of the Holy Synod for their trust and full support for me in serving the church.”

After the prayer, His Holiness inaugurated the new center for Beth Tarbitho. He then blessed the faithful at the hall of the church, where he also received by the dignitaries of the city.

His Holiness was accompanied by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Youth Department.

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Upon the invitation of the Lebanese President His Excellency General Michel Aoun, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an event on the occasion of the Feast of Annunciation of Virgin Mary, at the Presidency Palace in Baabda – Lebanon.
He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
During the events, several speeches were presented in which representatives of the various denominations in Lebanon assured the importance of the Virgin Mary for Christians and Muslims.
The event also included different performances of choirs of poets
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an event organized by the nuns of Mor Jacob Baradeus Monastery on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of their sisterhood.
The event took place at Mor Jacob Baradeus Monastery in Atchaneh, Bekfaya – Lebanon, and was attended by their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Matta Chamoun, and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, as well as the sisters of Mor Jacob’s order, and a crowd of faithful.
Sister Theodora gave a speech in which she spoke about the feast of the Annunciation, listing the characters of the Virgin Mary Mother of God. Sister Theodora, then, spoke about the order of Mor Jacob Baradeus and its establishment in the year 1990, as well as the phases that the sisterhood has undergone in the past 28 years. At the end of her speech, she thanked His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, on behalf of all the sisters in the order, for his overwhelming love and spiritual guidance.
Then, a meditation about the Annunciation from Mor Jacob of Serugh was presented by sisters Rafqa and Philoxena.
A small play for the occasion followed and was presented by the children who attend the Holy Qurobo in Atchaneh. The play portrayed the story of annunciation and how children should always follow the commands of God and their parents.
In his speech, His Holiness expressed his tremendous joy to attend this very nice program, and to see the purity of children in acting and expressing what’s in their pure hearts; he said that “We felt that we are in heaven; this is the way to the kingdom of God: humility and love. Indeed, we will not enter the kingdom of God if we do not return and become like children.” He added that “to be like God, we need to see things His way not in worldly ways as do the non-believers.”
His Holiness then spoke about the humility and meekness of the Virgin Mary who gives us a vivid example in how we can live our lives and become like children. He also emphasized the fact that the Virgin Mary devoted her life to God on the day of Annunciation; and so do the nuns of Mor Jacob’s order. He prayed for the continuous progress of the sisterhood for the glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Hon. Raed Ishak, Member of the Iraqi Parliament, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
His Excellency gave an overview of the recent developments in Iraq.
His Holiness discussed with Hon. Ishak the different ways to help the suffering Christians who fled Iraq and are currently in Lebanon.
His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Matta Chamoun, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation at Mor Jacoub Baradeus Church in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
His Holiness was assisted by His Eminences Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, in the presence of His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Matta Shamoun.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the humble character of the Virgin Mary and how God chooses the meek in heart and raises them. He also spoke about the challenges that we face when we follow the Lord and walk in His footsteps.
His Holiness remembered the founding of the sisterhood by late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, of blessed memory for the service of the Church by praying, teaching and serving in different ways. He prayed asking the Lord to bless their work for the good of the Church.
During the Qurobo His Holiness held a special service (teshmeshto d-Kumre) for the departed patriarchs for the 4 years memorial of late Patriarch Zakka.

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On the occasion of the 4 years memorial of the departure of the Late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (March 21, 2014), His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over Morning Prayer at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Monks and seminarians attended the prayer.
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness held a special service (teshmeshto d-Kumre) for the departed patriarchs at the tombs of the patriarchs in the Monastery.
 

Last November, Dayroyto Theodora Baraya from the sisterhood of Mor Jacob Baradeus completed her higher education and attained a doctorate degree in Theology with summa cum laude distinction, after she defended her PhD dissertation entitled: “Moses Bar Kifa as an Exegete of the New Testament”, at the Department of Theology in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Athens.

During a meeting with the nuns of Mor Jacob Baradeus, Dayroyto Theodora presented a copy of her dissertation to His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II asking his blessing.

His Holiness congratulated Sister Theodora and the order of Mor Jacob Baradeus, and stressed the importance of education on the personal level as well as for the benefit of the Holy Church.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh His Eminence Mor Gregorius Joseph, Metropolitan of Kochi and Secretary of the Regional Synod of India, in the presence of His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with their Eminences recent developments with respect to the current situation of our church in India.
Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, was also present.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from Taizé Community in France, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
the delegation was accompanied by His Excellency Mgr. Toufic Bou Hadir, President of the Maronite Patriarchate’s Youth Department.
During the meeting, the delegation invited His Holiness to a global ecumenical youth gathering, organized by Taizé in Lebanon during 2019.
His Holiness blessed the efforts of the community in promoting ecumenism, and spoke about the significant role of youth in the daily life of the church.
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon, His Excellency MP Ibrahim Kanaan, Secretary General of the Reform and Change Parliamentary Bloc, and Chair of the Finance and Budget Parliamentary commission at the Lebanese Parliament, as well as MR. Georges Jabbour, Mayor of Atchaneh, Mr. Paul Maarrawi, CEO of PMP for Contracting, and Mr. Charbel Khalil, CEO of Zerock Group.
His Holiness discussed with his guests issues related to Lebanon.
Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department, also attended the meeting.