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His Eminence Celebrates the Holy Liturgy in the Youth Retreat

The Archdiocesan Youth Organization has organized few retreats for the youth this summer, 2011. One of them was held from the 5th of August till the 7th , in Upstate New York, for the ages of 12 to 17. Almost 30 teenagers attended this spiritual retreat.

His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim joined them on Saturday afternoon and offered them a workshop entitled: “Introduction to the Holy Bible”. He explained to them how important the Word of God should be in their lives, and talked about different books of the Holy Bible, particularly the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books in the Syriac Bible. They were very delighted when they knew that His Eminence would sleep in their camp too.

Next morning, on Sunday, His Eminence celebrated the Holy Liturgy with the retreaters, where some participated in the service on the altar of the Lord, while the attendees followed the service in the “easy to follow” Liturgy Books distributed to them. After the Holy Qourobo they all had breakfast, followed by an “Open Forum” held by His Eminence, in which the Participants received satisfying answers to the many questions they had prepared for him.

After prayers, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim bid them farewell and thanked them for a great time.

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