CENTRAL FALLS — On Sunday, the bright new bell in front of St. Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Church will ring out for the first time. It will signal more than time for worship. It will ring out in testament to a faith that has traveled a great distance and survived many tribulations. And it will ring out in hope of an even stronger future. The St. Ephraim parish is celebrating its centennial — 100 years of being part of Central Falls and 100 years of offering sanctuary to many Christians who have had to flee their homelands in the Middle East.
On Sunday, November 24, 2013, His Eminence, Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim celebrated the Holy Qurbono (Divine Liturgy) with the parishioners of the Church of Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey. His Eminence was assisted by the Very Rev. Fr. John Khoury, the pastor of the church. The Divine Liturgy was served by both the deacons and the choir of the Parish. During the celebration, His Eminence elevated to the rank of Aphodiakno (Sub-Deacon) the following Readers: Phillip Akdemir, Sharo Atmeh, Daniel Akdemir, Brian Akdemir and Michael Akdemir. He also elevated to the rank of Qoruye (Readers), the following altar servants: Andrew...
The worst massacre of Christians in Syria since the beginning of the country’s internal conflict took place last week in the town of Sadad, north of Damascus.
Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, told Fides news agency Nov. 4 that what happened in Sadad was “the most serious and largest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two and a half years,” and he decried the world’s silence in the face of the atrocity.
Islamist militias invaded the Christian town of Sadad last week which was then re-conquered by the Syrian army. "Forty-five innocent civilians were...
November 4, 2013 – November 9, 2013
7:00 – 8:00pm Silent Bible Reading
8:00 – 8:15pm Evening Prayer
8:15 – 9:00pm Spiritual Speech
Monday Nov. 4, @ St. Mark’s Cathedral. (English, Arabic)
Tuesday Nov. 5, @ Virgin Mary’s Church. (English)
Wednesday Nov. 6, @ St. Barsawmo’s Church. (English)
Thursday Nov. 7, @ Virgin Mary’s Church. (English, Turkish)
Friday Nov. 8, @ St. Mark’s Cathedral. (English)
Saturday Nov. 9, @ St. Gabriel’s Church. (Suryoyo, English)
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim hosted the Oriental Orthodox Concelebrated Divine Liturgy. The Hierarchs present, along with His Eminence, were His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archidoceses of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America, His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America and His Grace Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church of North America.
The entourage of the numerous clergy from all the Oriental Orthodox Churches entering the church was truly majestic, colorful and...
The 2013 Annual Oriental Orthodox – Roman Catholic Consultation was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Manhattan, NY on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. The meetings were chaired by the two co-moderators, His Excellency Bishop Howard Hubbard the Roman Catholic Bishop of Albany, NY and. His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aohrem Karim. Two main topics were discussed; the new evangelization and the process of electing heads of churches in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
A special meeting of the Archdiocesan Executive Council was held on Wednesday evening, October 9th at the Archdiocesan Complex in Teaneck, New Jersey. The Council received the following new members who took the oath of office: Dr. Nahla Fatoohi, Chris Toma, Philip Sauma, Sami Gelin, Hulya Sayanlar, Gorge Baho, Allen Aydin and Luke Kurter. The new Council Officers are Elias Sarkar, President; Jack Darakjy, Vice President; Sait Samuel, Chief Financial Officer and Janine Azar, Secretary.
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim welcomed the new members asking the Almighty to bless and watch over them and their families as they take on this new responsibility. ...
At the instruction of our beloved Patriarch His Holiness Mor Igantius Zakka I, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim represented the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch at the Second Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission which met in the United Kingdom from 3-7 October 2013. at the end of their meeting the participants issued the following communique´:
The Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission has held its second meeting 3-7 October 2013 at St Columba’s House, Woking, England. Our Churches rejoice at the resumption of this important dialogue after ten years.
We greatly appreciate the hospitality offered by the Anglican Communion, the Church of England,...