Patriarchate News

On February 5, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in gardening campaign, in the fields of Antioch Syrian University, at the university headquarters in Maarat Saydnaya – Rif Dimashq.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
 
His Holiness planted the first plant; then, the university Administrative and Academic staff along with all the students continued the campaign through the day.
 

On February 3, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo of the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, and the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
 
During the Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak gave a sermon in which he commented on the reading from the Holy Gospel about Jesus being rejected at Nazareth. He pointed out that a Disciple should be brave and courageous despite all rejection and challanges he might face while preaching the Good News. His Eminence also asked the faithful to accept the Lord as a Master of their lives unlike the people of Nazareth.
 
Before communion, His Holiness presided over the Teshmeshto (Service) of the Saints for the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners.
 

On February 3, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo of the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, and the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
 
During the Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak gave a sermon in which he commented on the reading from the Holy Gospel about Jesus being rejected at Nazareth. He pointed out that a Disciple should be brave and courageous despite all rejection and challanges he might face while preaching the Good News. His Eminence also asked the faithful to accept the Lord as a Master of their lives unlike the people of Nazareth.
 
Before communion, His Holiness presided over the Teshmeshto (Service) of the Saints for the Commemoration of Mor Barsaumo, the Chief of the Mourners.
 

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On February 2nd, 2019, for the occasion of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.

 
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the roots in the Old Testament of the act of presentation to the temple of the firstborns. He also talked about the fulfillment of God’s promises, and recalled the story of Simon the elder.
 
During the Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles according to the tradition of the Syriac OrthodoX Church of Antioch.
 

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On February 2nd, 2019, for the occasion of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.

 
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the roots in the Old Testament of the act of presentation to the temple of the firstborns. He also talked about the fulfillment of God’s promises, and recalled the story of Simon the elder.
 
During the Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles according to the tradition of the Syriac OrthodoX Church of Antioch.
 

On February 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo celebrated by His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, at the Lady of Dormition Cathedral in Bab Sharqi, Damascus.
 
During the Qurobo, His Beatitude ordained the Very Rev. Archimandrite Elias Al-Dabieh as Archbishop of Basra, Hauran and Jabal Al-Arab for the Greek Catholic Church.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Eminence Mario Cardinal Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various Churches in Damascus, attended the ordination.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness congratulated His Beatitude Absi and His Excellency Al-Dabieh for the ordination, and wished the new archbishop a fruitful service for the glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.
 

On February 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo celebrated by His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, at the Lady of Dormition Cathedral in Bab Sharqi, Damascus.
 
During the Qurobo, His Beatitude ordained the Very Rev. Archimandrite Elias Al-Dabieh as Archbishop of Basra, Hauran and Jabal Al-Arab for the Greek Catholic Church.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Eminence Mario Cardinal Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various Churches in Damascus, attended the ordination.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness congratulated His Beatitude Absi and His Excellency Al-Dabieh for the ordination, and wished the new archbishop a fruitful service for the glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II concluded his visit to Egypt.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences Archbishops: Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, and Anba Michael, Assistant Bishop of the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Hadayek El-Kobba, El-Wailly & Mansheyat El-Sadr in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to farewell His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Ciro International Airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo, was also present.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II concluded his visit to Egypt.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences Archbishops: Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, and Anba Michael, Assistant Bishop of the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Hadayek El-Kobba, El-Wailly & Mansheyat El-Sadr in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to farewell His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Ciro International Airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo, was also present.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Dr. Riyad Sneih, Ambassador of Syria to Egypt.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation. His Holiness and His Excellency spoke about the ancient cultures, and the role of the Church in the building of societies and individuals.