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His Eminence visits Roanoke, Virginia

On Friday May the 28th His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim arrived in Roanoke Virginia for a two- day visit to the parish of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug. He was met at the airport by members of the parish who warmly welcomed him amongst them. On Saturday morning His Eminence celebrated the Holy Qurbono in the premises which will serve as the new home of St. Philoxenus parish. He was assisted by the parish priest, Very Rev. Fr. Fadi Abdulahad and Rev. Fr. Rami M’ammar, who is visiting from Saydnaya, Syria. The Divine Liturgy was served by the deacons and the choir of the parish. At the conclusion of the liturgy, His Eminence signed the contract to purchase the property which will be converted into a church, a social hall, clergy residence and Sunday school class rooms.

Following the liturgy, His Eminence accompanied the congregation to a local park for lunch. At the park His Eminence spent some time talking to the members of the church, as well as listening to them and discussing future plans for their Church. Congratulations to the members of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug on this courageous step, in the short history of this parish.

If you would like to see more photos of this visit please view the photos section.

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