Ecumenical Prayer: Opening of the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians

On January 19, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, along with their Holinesses and Beatitudes: Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Maronite Church, Joseph Absi Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem, presided over the inauguration of the week of prayer for the unity of Christians, held at the Annunciation Syriac Catholic Cathedral in Beirut, with the participation of representatives of other Christian churches.

During the prayer, the choir of the cathedral performed several chants and hymns. Then prayers were raised for the unity of the Church and for peace to reign in the hearts of all humans that they may be one as God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is One.

The prayer was attended by His Excellency Mgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon. Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, and Mor Chrysostomos Michael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, were also present.

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