His Eminence Ordains Deacons for St. John the Baptist Church
Sunday Morning, July the 10th, His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, celebrated the Holy Qourobo (Divine Liturgy) at St. John the Baptist Church in Villa Park, Illinois. Rev. Father Yacoub Youhanoun assisted H.E. in the service. Almost 200 parishioners attended this celebration.
During the Holy Liturgy, His Eminence ordained the following mzamrone (Chanters) to the rank of Qoruyo (Reader):
Romeel Adde, Fadi Al Aswad, Saad Al Aswad, Julio Hanna, Meron Ibrahim, Benjamin Isaac, Joseph Lis, Isia Razqo, Gabriel Saliba, Nicholas Samaan and Domy Youhanoun.
He also elevated the following Qoruye to the rank of Aphodyaqno (Subdeacon):
John Bassmaji, Aphrem Danha, David Hanna, Fadi Ibrahim, Ziad Ibrahim and Jacob Samaan
In his sermon, His Eminence instructed the deacons to be faithful to the altar of the Lord, and serve Him conscientiously. He reminded them that God has called them to be part of the service of the altar which the angels are not worthy to perform. He also impressed on them the importance of serving with dedication, passion and orderly conduct, recognizing that their service is for the glory of God only.
After the Holy Liturgy, the newly- ordained deacons received congratulations from their families and friends, and they joined the Archbishop and all the parishioners for lunch, prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Church.
Before leaving, His Eminence gave thanks to the Lord for giving him the chance of spending good and fruitful time with the parishioners of St. John the Baptist, and wished them Concord and success in their endeavor.