Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – August 2016
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Feast of St. Jacob Baradeus, at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the virtues of St. Jacob Baradeus and his role in preserving the orthodox faith. He also spoke about St. Jacob’s fight against the heretics and his stands against persecutions that were raised against the clergy and faithful of the church. The faithful became known as ‘Jacobites’ after him, though the church is established by the Lord Jesus.
His Holiness was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.