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The Great Lent (Sawmo Rabo) Sunday, March 1 - Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Patriarch Appreciation Night

Our youth are sponsoring a Patriarch Appreciation Night on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7pm in Teaneck, NJ. All youth are encouraged to attend!

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Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Palm Sunday at Church of Virgin Mary in Paramus, NJ

Paramus – NJ. On April 13, 2014, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy at the Church of The Virgin Mary in Paramus, NJ. His Holiness was greeted at the entrance of the church and met by Very. Rev. Fr. John Khoury and the the Board of Trustees. Hundreds of faithful parishioners attended the Holy Liturgy inside the sanctuary with hundreds more in the simultaneous broadcast at Church hall. The entire congregation participated in the procession on church grounds where a dozen doves were released in a symbol of peace and harmony. The entire service was recorded...

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Reading Time and Book Signing Event with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

On April 12, 2014 Author Cyril Aphrem Karim, now known as Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, read a few stories from his newest publication Animals from the Bible during The Annual Archdiocese Easter Egg Hunt at Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey. He was accompanied by Very Rev Fr Corepiscopa Varkey Mundakkal, from the Malankara Archdiocese as well as Very Rev. Fr. John Khoury and Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun. Afterward, His Holiness signed copies for children and families including his previous pictorial In The Tree House.

His Holiness received Sheikh Sami Merhi

On April 11, 2014 His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II received Sheikh Sami Merhi, Chairman of the Muwahdeen Druze Community in North America at the headquarters of the archdiocese. Mr. Merhi is the Secretary of the Standing Conference of Christian and Muslim Leaders in North America, of which His Holiness is a member.

“We congratulate His Holiness for his election to the Patriarchate of Antioch and we commend his affirmation that the Patriarchate See remains in Damascus,” said Mr. Merhi. “Christianity is the heart of the Middle East and one cannot remove the heart from its body” he added.

His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Visits God's Little Children Pre-School

God’s Little Children Pre-School was buzzing with excitement while staff and 19 students waited for the arrival of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II to arrive. This is the first Archdiocese sponsored pre-school in the entire Eastern Archdiocese. His Holiness gave his blessing over 3 years ago to launch this project. Our first academic year, God willing the first of many to follow, has truly been a learning experience. The students have blossomed and learned so many things while preparing to enter Kindergarten. Each day has been filled with joy, laughter and some tears here and there. His Holiness reminded us...

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US-Based Syro-Malankara Delegation Visits His Holiness

On April 11, 2014 His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Grace Mor Thomas Mar Eusebius, Malankara Catholic Exarch in the USA, who headed a delegation that visited His Holiness to congratulate him for his election as Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Mor Eusebius expressed the heartfelt joy of the Syro-Malankara church for the election of His Holiness. In return, His Holiness expressed his commitment to ecumenism and to leading the flock of Christ in a spirit of ecumenism.The Syro-Malankara delegation consisted of His Grace Mor Eusebius, Monseigneur Peter Kochery, Vicar General, five other priests and one...

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His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived in the United States on April 5, 2014

His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived in the United States on April 5, 2014, following his election as Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East by the Holy Synod on March 31, 2014. He was greeted at Newark-Liberty International Airport by a delegation composed of the Archdiocese Executive Council, representatives of the local parishes in the New York-New Jersey area and His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho of the Malankara Archdiocese. A motorcade led by the Bergen and Passaic County Sheriffs escorted His Holiness to St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, where 10 Bishops from the various...

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Book Reading by Patriarch-Elect Ignatius Aphrem II and Easter Egg Hunt

Please Join us this Saturday April 12, 2014 for an afternoon of fun at The Annual Archdiocese Easter Egg Hunt and Reading Time and Book Signing Event with Patriarch-Elect Ignatius Aphrem II.

From 1:00PM – 3:30PM.

Location: Church of the Virgin Mary
644 Paramus Road
Paramus, New Jersey 07652

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