Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over a session for the leaders, representatives and participants from the Orthodox Churches in the World Council of Churches (WCC) conference on World Mission and Evangelism in Tanzania.

During the session, participants discussed the role of the Orthodox Churches worldwide, and their participation in the WCC, as well as their interaction together with the other churches.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Arusha in Tansania to participate in the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC).

His Holiness was received by His Eminence Mor Coorilose Geevarghese, Metropolitan of Niranam and MODERATOR of the Commission for World Mission and Evangelism at WCC, as well as a delegation from the Council.

He is accompanied by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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From March 6 to 10, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II made a private visit to His brother in Christ His Holiness Catholicose Karekin II, Catholicose-Patriarch of All Armenians, in Etchmiadzin – Armenia.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus.

His Holiness Patriarch Aphrem was warmly received by His Holiness Catholicose Karekin. The Pontiffs visited several Monasteries and historical sites in Armenia.

They emphasized the history of good relations between the two sister churches: Syriac Orthodox Church and Armenian Orthodox Church, as well as the shared martyrdom that the clergy and faithful of both churches had gone through at the turn of the twentieth century during the Armenian Genocide, and the Syriac Genocide SAYFO.

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II also held a meeting with the seminarians of Gevorkian Theological Seminary. He spoke about the importance of seminarian studies and life in preparing for pastoral service; he then answered various questions of the seminarians.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Maroutha project and the land on which a new Syriac church will be built.

His Holiness was received by His Excellency Dr. Bishr Al-Sabban, Governor of Damascus. His Holiness inspected the construction work and infrastructure executed by the Governorate of Damascus in Marotha Project.

His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and members of the Endowments Committee.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with a delegation from “World Vision International (WVI)”, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.

The delegation included Dr. Beng Yeoh, Dr. Rein Dekker, and Mr. Wynn Flaten.

The meeting was attended by His Eminences 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 visited the Patriarchal Residence to meet with representatives of EPDC and discuss matters related to projects executed by WVI and EPDC for the relief of persecuted people in Syria.

His Holiness blessed the work of the two committees and encouraged them to further develop common work and collaboration.

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On the occasion of the Feast of Mor Aphrem and Mor Theodoros, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Aphrem Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.

Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.

During the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness ordained 4 subdeacons (Malke Karat, Stephan Shabo, Simon Absim, and Rami Alberni) and 4 readers (Basem Dalloul, Elias Munairji, Fadi Abu Asali, and Vinicius Torres).

His Holiness spoke about the Mor Theodoros who kept his faith steadfast and was martyred for Christ. He also talked about Mor Aphrem who was a witness for the Word through his teachings and Hymns, as well as through helping the least fortune and the sick during the plague. He compared the days when the saint lived to our current times where war is forcing people to leave their homes, and the faith of Christians is tested during persecutions.

 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) from Canada and the U.S., at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus
The meeting was attended by His Eminences 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 Deacon Imad Syryany.
The delegation reported to His Holiness reuslts of their visit to the various Syrian cities. They also reviewed reports on the progress of many humanitarian projects executed by EPDC through the support of the committee.
His Holiness welcomed the delegation and expressed his gratitude for the love they are showing to the persecuted people in Syria. He also blessed the work and collaboration of the MCC and EPDC and encouraged them to further develop common work and collaboration
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the evening prayer (Ramsho) at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness prayed the special prayer of Shubqono (Forgiveness) during which the clergy and faithful ask forgiveness from one another, before the beginning of the Great Lent.
His Holiness spoke about love as a source of true and sincere forgiveness. He emphasized the fact that God loved us before for He sent His Only Begotten to reconcile us with Him. He also spoke about the importance of love and forgiveness at the beginning of the Great Lent, which is a journey of penance and purification of the soul from sins.
The service was also attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo 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, and Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, in the presence of clergy from Brazil as well as monks of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, and monks and deacons of the Patriarchate.

His Excellency Achilles Zaluar, Chargé d’Affaires of the Brazilian Embassy in Damascus also attended the Holy Qurobo.

During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained Very Rev. Dayroyo Aphrem Fernandez to be a priest for St. Mary Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in the Brazilian Capital Brazilia.

In his sermon, His Holiness explained the Bible reading of the first Sunday of Lent. He talked about lent period as a time to plead God to change us like He changed water into wine in Cana. He also spoke about the life of priesthood and congratulated the newly ordained priest, wishing him long years of blessed service.

At the end of the ordination rite, His Eminence Mor Titus Boulos Touza wished Raban Aphrem all success in his priestly service. He also thanked His Holiness for his overwhelming fatherly love.

The Patriarchal Encyclical of the Great Lent was then read, after which the newly ordained priest continued the Holy Qurobo.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the Sunday of all faithful departed, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
His Eminence Mor Dionysios Jean Kawak helped His Holiness in the Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the importance of praying for the dead, and commemorating them, especially during Holy Qurobo. He asked the Lord to make our faithful departed worthy to be with Him in His heavenly kingdom.