Celebratory Holy Qurobo by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral – Baghdad

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – February 2016

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Baghdad.

During his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the meaning of priesthood as ministry to the needy and poor. He compared the priest to the Lord who gave Himself for the sake of others. In the same way, a priest must serve others and sacrifice his desires and worldly ambitions in order to make better the lives of those whom he was entrusted.

The Holy Qurobo was attended by His Eminence Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, and His Holiness Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III Sleewa as well as the Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Avak, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Ghattas Hazim and representatives of the Churches and Iraqi Members of the Parliament.

During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary and His Grace Mor Maurice Amsih, Director of Public Relations and Patriarchal Delegate in Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.