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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Evening prayer (Ramsho) at Mor Aphrem Cathedral in Sulaimaniya area – Aleppo.

Their Eminences Archbishops Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama and Tartous, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate in Aleppo and Environs, were also present.
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness blessed the deacons all the faithful who participated in the prayer.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from our Church in Switzerland, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.

The delegation was headed by Very Rev. Fr. Karim Asmar. They offered Easter Greetings to His Holiness.

His Holiness encouraged the delegation to stand firm in their faith and witness to the word in their society, working hand in hand with the Church and keeping its faith, traditions and cultures. The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on New Sunday, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patrirarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
His Eminence the Right Reverend Bishop Michael Langrish, Former Anglican Bishop of Exeter, as well as members of the British delegation, attended the Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the character of Thomas the Apostle as an example of brave faith that seek the truth and fear not to go anywhere to preach the Gospel.
After the Qurobo, His Holiness received the delegation and the faithful at the Patriarchate headquarters. The floor was open for the members of the delegation and the faithful who were present to discuss the current situation in Syria, and the role of western countries, in addition to the mission of the delegation and the aim of their visit.Click to view slideshow.

 

The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch hosted a formal reception in honor of a delegation from the United Kingdom.
The delegation, led by Baroness Caroline Cox, is on a visit to Syria upon the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II.
His Holiness welcomed the delegation, conveying to them Easter Greetings; he said: “Christ’s Resurrection means new life to humanity; this itself is a sign of hope without which we cannot live”. He added that the delegation’s “visit to Syria during these days is a sign of friendship between us, which we hope it was the case between the governments of the two countries.” His Holiness considered that “this war is not a civil war, but a war of countries who want to impose on the Syrian people a way of life”. He emphasized that “even before the crisis, we Christians had the full freedom to practice our religion the way we want, just as all other religions.”
His Holiness then read the statement issued by the patriarchates of Antioch and all the east for the Syriac Orthodox, Greek Orthodox and Greek-Melkite Catholic.
Several members of the delegation spoke expressing their solidarity with the Syrian suffering people, and condemning the negative role of western media in conveying false news concerning the real situation in Syria.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, attended the reception, as well as Christian leaders from Damascus, dignitaries from the civil society, representatives from the Syrian Ministry of Endowments and Muslim Sheikhs.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, at the Patriarchate headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
His Beatitude conveyed Easter greetings to His Holiness. They discussed together the recent developments in Syria after US, France and UK strikes.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Deacon Imad Syryany attended the meeting.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Beatitude Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus.
During their meeting, His Holiness conveyed to His Beatitude Easter greetings and discussed several church issues.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Deacon Imad Syryany.
The meeting was also attended by their Graces Patriarchal Assistants Bishop Moussa El-Khoury and Bishop Luka El-Khoury.
 

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 declared to the faithful that “Christ is truly risen to give us victory against our spiritual enemy, and to assure to all of us that we are no more enslaved to Satan, but came back to the level of children of God as we were in the Paradise.” He then emphasized that “the importance of resurrection is in being an act of God; it is an initiative from heaven unlike what humans are used to in their various religions, i.e. trying to please God in order to receive His blessings for their lives.”

His Holiness considered that the freedom we receive through the Resurrection of Christ is a “responsible freedom, in which we lead a life of holiness moving closer to God; at the same time, it is a freedom which reminds us of our responsibility towards our all humans, and through which we see them as children of God and brothers and sisters for us no matter what differences are there between us.”

His Holiness added that celebrating the Resurrection of Christ is a chance for us to “forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead, by renewing ourselves through good deeds, not turning back to our old deeds, thus do not hate anyone but love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us.”

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.

The Holy Qurobo was followed by a performance of the Syriac Patriarchal Scouts.

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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.
Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub celebrated the Holy Qurobo.
His Holiness announced the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and presided over the special service for the occasion. He headed the procession of the cross and blessed the faithful who came to celebrated the Resurrection.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the service of the worship of the Cross at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma in Damascus. He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar at the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and the monks of the Patriarchate. St. Ephrem Patriarchal Choir in Damascus chanted the special hymns for the occasion.

In his sermon, His Holiness explained that we do not worship wood or metal, we worship God Creator of heaven and earth”. He added that we do not worship a simple human being, but God the Lord Who was driven by His love towards mankind to become like us in everything except sin.”

His Holiness emphasized that the Lord Jesus Christ knows our suffering on this earth and that “it was God’s love that moved Him to save Man, and since sin is against God, it was necessary for God Himself to redeem mankind”.

His Holiness pointed out that all the prophecies were fulfilled on the cross. He added that the Lord does not want us to weep over Him, but over ourselves, our sins and our fall into this world of pain and suffering”.

His Holiness called the faithful to follow Christ and love their fellows and always ask God to forgive them. He said that “today starts a new covenant between God and us, a covenant that He is our God, father, brother and friend, because we are in deep need in this world for a brother and a friend like Christ”.

At the end of his sermon, His Holiness asked the faithful to pray for peace in the world and that the peace of Christ enters the hearts of all people. He prayed for Syria and for the safe return of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim. He also asked the Lord to strengthen the faith of the Christians in the Middle East so that they remain witnesses of His resurrection despite the persecutions they are enduring. He concluded praying that we can all be true disciples of the Crucified, and worship Him as the Crucified and Risen Lord.”

After the completion of the service of the worship of the cross, His Holiness led a procession with the Holy Cross and blessed the faithful. He then completed the rite of the burial of the Crucifix in the holy altar.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Midday Service of Good Friday at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma.
His Holiness held the cross on his shoulder in a procession inside the Cathedral in remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ’s carrying the Cross from Pilate’s palace to the Golgotha. During the procession, the clergy and faithful chanted hymns expressing sorrow and melancholy.
This service represents one of the stages of the crucifixion and is celebrated on Midday as a symbol of when the Lord Jesus was judged
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