ARGENTINA: Upon an invitation for the Enthronement Ceremony of His Eminence John Ghassali Mor Chrysostom, as the new Archbishop of Argentina, His Eminence, Aphrem Karim Mor Cyril travelled to Argentina to participate in this festive event. The Enthronement took place on Sunday, March the 31st 2013 at St. Peter’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in La Plata, Argentina. Mor Clemis Daniel, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Timotheos Matthew Alkhoury, Patriarchal Secretary, Clergy and many Representatives from other sister Churches, joined in to share the spiritual joy of our Suryoye faithful of Argentina. The Cathedral was crowded by parishioners, who came from all over the regions around to attend this historical celebration.
The Archbishops celebrated the Holy Qurbono (Divine Liturgy) and participated in the enthronement ceremony, during which the Patriarchal Encyclical of the installing was read. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim delivered a sermon on this sacred event, in which he congratulated the new Archbishop and his parishioners on behalf of his Archdiocese in Eastern USA, and offered him a gift of love, and good wishes for success in his new mission. Dr. Evelina, Malak and Samira Yunan, from New Jersey, accompanied His Eminence in this trip. On Saturday, March the 30th 2013 there was a gathering with the faithful, who came with welcoming cheers and many questions about spiritual and church issues. The evening was spent singing Church hymns and prayers by the attendees, after which a Lenten dinner was offered to all. Many parishioners, who have relatives in the USA, came and asked our Archbishop about their whereabouts. During his five-day visit, His Eminence visited many families, shared many old stories with them, and experienced their nostalgia to the homeland.