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Spiritual Gathering Event

February 23rd, 2012 @ 8:00PM.

All local Churches are invited to a Spiritual Gathering night which will take place at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey.

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18: 20)

Program Includes:
Hymns, Reading from the Holy Bible, Message by His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Questions & Answers and Evening Prayer.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Thomas Khoury, June 25, 1918 – January 28, 2012

Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, through he may die, yet shall he live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25,26

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, certainly comforts and consoles us with these life-giving promises and inspiring statement and words. He lifts our spirits up and raises our hope and expectations in a second life. To live again and eternally depends upon our belief in Him and in His resurrection.

However, a sense of ambivalence stains and plagues our human nature: belief and non-belief….

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The Annual Meeting of the Christian Churches Together in the USA

The Christian Churches Together in the USA held its Annual General Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee February 14-17. His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim represented our Syriac Orthodox Church who is a founding member of the organization. Archbishop Karim also participated in the meetings of the steering committee of the organization which were held before and during the gathering.

On Wednesday February 15, His Eminence lead the morning prayers according to the tradition of our church.

The CCT-USA is an ecumenical organization which brings together leaders and representatives of different Christian churches and organizations to pray and witness together, as…

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2012 Archdiocesan Executive Council Biannual Meeting

On Saturday, February 18 , 2012, the Archdiocese Executive Council held its biannual meeting at the upper hall of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, N.J. His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim opened the all-day session with a prayer, and welcomed the Executive Council members, the various Board Presidents and parish representatives, members of the Clergy of the Archdiocese and stake holders in the numerous Archdiocesan initiatives on the meeting’s agenda.

The Archbishop thanked Dr. Yamo Deniz, President of the AEC for all that he has done and continues to do in providing the leadership necessary to move the plans of the Archdiocese forward….

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Archdiocese Receives Update on Upcoming 2012 Convention

This year’s Annual Archdiocesan Convention will be sponsored by St. Aphraim’s Syriac Orthodox Church in Washington, DC. The theme of the 2012 Convention will be “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”.

On Saturday, February 18, immediately following an all-day meeting of the AEC with Board Presidents from the Archdiocese, The group from St. Aphraim’s, which included Raymond Dunia, Aboud Shakarji, Joe Kabro and Ammar Touza, held a two- hour session with senior members of the Archdiocese who, over the years, have acquired experience in running national Archdiocese conventions. The group included Sait Samuel, Elias Sarkar, Samira Yunan, Naim Ghassali, Julie Jabali and Peter…

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Patriarchal Message – Walking with God

“Enoch walked faithfully with God, then he was no more because God took him away” (Gensis 5:24)

We extend our apostalic benediction, benevolent prayers and greetings to our bretheren, His Beatitude Mor Baselius Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences the Metropolitans; our spiritual children the reverend vicars, preists, monks, nuns, deacons and deaconesses, and our blessed Syrian Orthodox people all over the world. May the divine providence embrace them through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and St. Peter, chief of the apostles, and the rest of the Martyrs and Saints. Amen.

We inquire about your wellbeing…

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49th Syriac Orthodox Convention

“One holy, catholic and apostolic Church” The Creed

Washington, DC – July 26-July 30, 2012

Thursday, July 26 2012
All Day
1 – 6 PM Meet Guests at Hotel
2 – 5 PM Registration
6 – 7:00 PM General Clergy Meeting
7 – 7:30 PM Transportation to the Church
8:30 – 10:30 PM Welcome Dinner at the Church
(Evening Prayers will have to be added to this day)

Friday, July 28
All Day Meet Guests at Hotel
10 – 6:00 PM Registration
8 – 8:45 AM Morning Prayers
9 – 10:00 AM Breakfast for Clergy & Their Families
9 – 5:00…

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Ordination of Deacons in St. James of Nisibin Church, Corpus Christi, Texas

On Sunday, February 5, 2012, His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, celebrated the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) at St. James of Nisibin parish in Corpus Christi, Texas. During the well-attended Liturgy Service His Eminence ordained five Qoruye (readers), they included: Malak Jack Afram, Maurice Jack Afram, David George Ghabeli, David Haysam Dawood and Matthew Haysam Dawood.

In his sermon, His Eminence spoke about service to the church. The Archbishop stressed the importance and privilege of the role of deacons in the life of the church. He encouraged the newly ordained Qoruye (readers) to study the Bible, better their relationship with the Lord…

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