Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 20/2/18
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the evening prayer (Ramsho) at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness prayed the special prayer of Shubqono (Forgiveness) during which the clergy and faithful ask forgiveness from one another, before the beginning of the Great Lent.
His Holiness spoke about love as a source of true and sincere forgiveness. He emphasized the fact that God loved us before for He sent His Only Begotten to reconcile us with Him. He also spoke about the importance of love and forgiveness at the beginning of the Great Lent, which is a journey of penance and purification of the soul from sins.
The service was also attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.