Palms Sunday Celebrated in Damascus

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – April 2016

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of Palms Sunday at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus assisted His Holiness during the Holy Qurobo.

In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the worldly expectations that the ancient Jewish people had when they were waiting for the coming of the Messiah. He spoke that they expected that Christ would be a strong king, in a worldly sense, who would lead them to kill their enemies, but rather Jesus was a king who preached love and mercy.

His Holiness also addressed the children who gathered with their candles to celebrate the entrance of the Lord to Jerusalem and told them about the importance of accepting the Lord and following His commandments.

At the end of the Holy Qurobo, the band of the Syriac Patriarchal Scouts of Damascus performed beautiful Syriac songs and hymns.

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