The Patriarchal Decree of 1994

8 May

The Patriarchal Journal vol.32 – March/April 1994 – No. 133/134. Pages 130-136. We grant apostolic blessing, invocation and peace in the Lord to our brothers: the most honorable His Beatitude the Catholicos, their Eminences the Metropolitans, the notables, our sons … Read More »

Life in Christ

12 Feb

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving … Read More »

Meekness and Humility

1 Feb

The Lord Jesus says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will … Read More »


22 Dec

“Prayer is good with fasting and charity and almsgiving is better than storing gold…for charity and almsgiving delivers from death and it will purge away every sin. Those who practice it will have fullness of life” (Tobias 12:8-9). We extend our … Read More »

Sacrament of the Holy Priesthood

2 Oct

From the 1997 Patriarchal encyclical of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. Translated and Published by the Archdiocese Of The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch For The Eastern USA, Fall 1997 Inquiring after you we say: We thank you for … Read More »

Maranatha, the Lord Came

1 Sep

“And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding” (Mat. 25:10). It is the heavenly wedding through which the victorious holy church is wedded to her Bridegroom and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, at the end of time. … Read More »

The Good Shepherd

27 Aug

The Lord Jesus said: “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I Am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:10-11). In chapter ten … Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical Lent 2002

22 Jul

PRAYER We offer apostolic benediction, benevolent prayers, and greetings in the Lord to our brethren, their Eminencies the Metropolitans, our spiritual children the venerable priests, the devout monks, nuns, deacons, and our blessed Syrian Orthodox people. May the divine providence … Read More »