Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 18/6/16
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus, on the occasion of the Feast of the Syriac Martyrs of Sayfo.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and His Grace Mor George Kourieh, Dean of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
Their Eminences Mo Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Archbishop Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Orthodox Prelate of Damascus, were present at the Holy Qurobo.
During his sermon, His Holiness spoke about martyrdom and the recognition of the Genocide. He also spoke that the survival of the Syriac peope is a sign of their great faith in the Lord and their strong will to continue to live in spite of the persecutions and massacres that were inflicted on them.
After the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness and their Eminences led a walk of candles from the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma to the Syriac Martyrs Garden near Bab Sharqi. There, he lit the flame in front of the Sayfo Memorial and prayed the service of the Martyrs in memory of the Syriac Martyrs of Sayfo.