Ordination of Deacons at St. Afrem’s Parish
In the afternoon of Sunday the 16th His Eminence celebrated the Holy Qurbono with St. Aphrem’s parishioners. He was assisted by Rev. Fr. Sharbel Bcehiry, St. Aphrem’s parish priest, Rev. Fr. Yacoub Youhanoun of St. John the Baptist and Rev. Fr. Mathew Karuthalackal of St. Mary’s Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in Des Plains, IL.
During the Holy Qurbono, His Eminence ordained the following altar servants, to the rank of Qoruyo (Reader): Dani Edo, Romo Maloul, Dani Maloul, Fahmi Georges, Sharbel Georges and Akad Saadi.
He also elevated Mr. Robby Edo to the rank of Aphodyakno (Sub-Deacon).
At the end of the ordination ceremony, His Eminence delivered a sermon in which he offered his best wishes for the New Year to all parishioners. He also offered some instructions to the newly- ordained servants, highlighting the importance of the service of the Lord’s altar, which compares to that of the angels. He congratulated them and their families on this blessed privilege. At the end of his sermon, His Eminence offered his blessings and encouragement to the members of St. Afrem’s parish for their hard work and dedication since the establishment of the parish, 18 months ago.
Following the Holy Qurbono, His Eminence shared a meal with the new deacons, their families, friends and all parishioners in the social hall of the Church.