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On November 11, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met crowds of faithful who gathered a the Municipal Gymasium in Barillas – Guatemala.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.

His Eminence Mor Yacoub Eduardo welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation and addressed the crowds telling them how great is this historical day because the Patriarch of Antioch is among them and visiting them despite their location which is hard to reach. He told them to receive the peace and love that His Holiness brought with him from Antioch, the city where Christianity was born, and where St. Peter, the Head of the Apostles, established his see. Mor Yacoub Eduardo thanked His Holiness and asked him to bless the people who gathered to receive him.

His Holiness addressed the crowds by expressing first his thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to be able to visit this flock of Christ despite being remote and in an area that is very hard to reach. His Holiness spoke about suffering as a mark of the church and that persecution is a necessary part of the history of the growth of the church. He emphasized that the Lord’s promise that He conquered the world is an encouragement and hope for all those who suffer for the sake of the true faith. He told them that their presence in the Syriac Orthodox Church is a sign of the work of God in their lives and in the life of the Holy Church. He concluded telling them how proud he is of them and that their warm welcome touched his heart and filled him with joy and tears; His Holiness prayed that God bless them and their families and protect them, strengthening them to remain steadfast in their faith despite tribulations and persecutions.

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On November 11, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated St. Aphrem Church in Amparo Agua Tinta – Mexico. After the consecration, His Holiness celebrated the Holy Qurobo.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the building of a house for the Lord and how it is initiated by an internal calling to each member of the praying community. He reminded the faithful of the temple which was built by Solomon upon God’s request and how they become the living temple of God. He also spoke to them about the divine work which was done by the consecration of the Church and making it a house of God, a place of worship, and a place where the members of the community can gather and praise the Lord. At the end of his sermon, His Holiness prayed the Lord to accept the offerings of the faithful, especially all those who contributed to the construction of the new church.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.

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On November 10, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at the municipal stadium in Huehuetenango. The number of faithful who participated in the Holy Qurobo is estimated to be 6,000.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the promises of the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples. His Holiness affirmed that the Lord sent the Holt Spirit Who continues to work in the Holy Church. He guides us today to be members of the apostolic church and to be witnesses to its 2000 years old faith and traditions. He spoke about the common declarations signed by our church with other churches to declare our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to the Christological declarations, our churches are offering help and common witness to the Lord.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.

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On November 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a special cultural night held in the honor of his first apostolic visit to the Archdiocese of Central America, at the Municipal Theater in Huehuetenango – Guatemala.
 
The band and dancing youth preformed pieces that show their national and traditional character dating back to the times of the civilization of the Mayans.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.

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On November 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the Clergy of Guatemala at the Headquarters of the Archdiocese of Central America in San Raymundo – Guatemala.

Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA, and Mor Titos Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio for the Syriac Missions in Brazil, were also present in the meeting.

During the meeting, His Holiness blessed the clergy and encouraged them to be patient and wise in their ministries in order to better serve the flock of the Lord.

His Holiness also prayed on the foundation stone of St. Mary and St. George Church as well as the commemorative stone of St. Jacob Baradeus Cemetery.

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On November 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at the Headquarters of the Archdiocese of Central America in San Raymundo – Guatemala. In the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained 11 deacons into priesthood: 6 from Guatemala, 3 from Colombia and 2 from Mexico.

Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA, and Mor Titos Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio for the Syriac Missions in Brazil, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.

In his sermon, His Holiness gave praise to the Lord for His abundant grace that enabled him and the Archbishops to witness this important and historical event of the ordination of 11 priests. He told the faithful that every moment spent with them is very much appreciated because he feels the faithfulness of the people and the attachment to the Church of Antioch. He spoke about the work of the divine grace in the newly ordained priests who will go forth and administer the sacraments. He explained the gospel that was read and reminded the faithful that the priests are like the Lord’s disciples who came to know His mysteries after He revealed to them the spiritual meanings of His teachings. He added that the priests are representatives of the Lord in their respective communities and they are an image of the first church.

At the end of his sermon, His Holiness presented a cross to His Eminence Mor Yacoub Eduardo as a token of appreciation for his ministry and devotion to the Holy Church.

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On November 8, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo for the faithful of the Parish of San Pedro Carcha at the municipal stadium that accommodated the crowds of faithful.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness conveyed the love and solidarity of the faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the Middle East to their brethren in Guatemala and Central America; he assured them that the church of Antioch is proud of them and their firm and steadfast attachment to the orthodox faith is an example for the entire church worldwide. Commenting of the gospel that was read, His Holiness explained that it is the duty of every Christian to share the good news and spread the word of God in the society where they live. It is the Lord’s commandment to go and make disciples; this mission can be accomplished when we are armed with the Holy Spirit and the talents He gives us. When we are faced with suffering, we are encouraged by the apostles who went out and spread the Gospel despite being persecuted. His Holiness reflected on the fruits of the word in Guatemala and thanked the Lord for all His blessings. At the end of His sermon, His Holiness asked the faithful who attended the Holy Qurobo to pray for him and to remain joyful in the Lord for nothing can separate us from the love of God.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Theethose Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in Northern America, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.
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On November 7, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo for the faithful of the Parish of Christ the King in Chisec at the municipal stadium that accommodated the crowds of faithful who came to participate in the first Holy Qurobo of His Holiness in Guatemala.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the early church and the see of Antioch which was established by St. Peter the Head of the Apostles. He expressed his love to all as his spiritual children whom he is happy and proud to serve. He added that their loyalty to the throne of Antioch is much appreciated and resembles the faithfulness of the forefathers who kept the orthodox faith and transmitted it from generation to generation. He encouraged them to remain steadfast in their faith despite the difficulties and the challenges that they are going through.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Theethose Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in Northern America, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.
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On November 7, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated St. Sergius Church in Chisec.

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Theethose Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in Northern America, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA.

At the end of the Rite of the Consecration, His Holiness congratulated the families that were present and blessed the children.

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On November 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a Concert in his honor at the National Palace in Guatemala City.

The presidential band played on the national musical instrument of Guatemala called Marimba. They performed classical and national pieces of music that reflect the musical art of the Guatemalan people and their civilization.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Theethose Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in Northern America, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar of the Archdiocese for the Eastern USA, Very Rev. Raban Augeen Al-Khoury Nimat, Director of the Patriarchal Office in North America, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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