Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 25/2/18
On the occasion of the Feast of Mor Aphrem and Mor Theodoros, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Aphrem Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness ordained 4 subdeacons (Malke Karat, Stephan Shabo, Simon Absim, and Rami Alberni) and 4 readers (Basem Dalloul, Elias Munairji, Fadi Abu Asali, and Vinicius Torres).
His Holiness spoke about the Mor Theodoros who kept his faith steadfast and was martyred for Christ. He also talked about Mor Aphrem who was a witness for the Word through his teachings and Hymns, as well as through helping the least fortune and the sick during the plague. He compared the days when the saint lived to our current times where war is forcing people to leave their homes, and the faith of Christians is tested during persecutions.