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His Eminence visits St. Aphraim’s Church in Washington, D.C.

During the weekend of 18-19 December, 2010, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim visited the parish of St. Aphraim in Alexandria, VA which serves members of the church in the Washington D.C. greater area. On Saturday the 18th His Eminence visited parishioners in Baltimore, MA.

On Sunday, the 19th He celebrated the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) which was attended by a crowd of over two hundred parishioners. During the liturgy His Eminence delivered a sermon emphasizing the message of this holy season of the birth of our Lord and Savior encouraging all to open their hearts to the joy of Christmas proclaimed by the angels in Bethlehem despite all the miseries and signs of despair which surround us.

During the sermon, His Eminence praised the faith and dedication of the parishioners and their continued support despite the current difficult financial difficulties. He also greeted the parishioners who had recently arrived from Iraq assuring them that the Church is their home and will do everything possible to help them settle down. He concluded by wishing them all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

After the Divine Liturgy His Eminence had fasting lunch with all parishioners which was prepared by the families of the parish

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