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His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Ordained Dr. George Kiraz Deacon (Ewangeloyo)

On Sunday evening, October 14 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim ordained Dr. George Kiraz Deacon (Ewangeloyo) in a grand ceremony which included numerous clergy and deacons from the archdiocese. Guests at the ordination ceremony included Syriac scholars from Ivy League Universities from the United States and Europe, notably Dr. Sebastian Brock and Dr. Margaret McVey.

In his address, His Eminence praised Dr. Kiraz for his contributions to the Syriac Orthodox worldwide community and his commitment to our Holy Church noting that Dr. Kiraz is truly worthy of being an Ewangeloyo. The Archbishop said that Dr. Kiraz is admired by many of his piers for his accomplishment and also acknowledged Dr. Christine Kiraz, the newly ordained deacon’s wife, for her support of her husband’s mission of promoting and fostering Suryoyutho.

Immediately following the ordination ceremony, a procession was carried out with Dr. George Kiraz and his family being escorted by his fellow deacons into the Cathedral’s Social Hall. This was followed by the introduction of His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim escorted by an entourage of clergy from the Archdiocese. The Archbishop was received by the faithful with a standing ovation and continuous applause. The traditional “To Bashlom” was sung by the clergy, deacons and all the faithful in Honor of His Eminence. At the conclusion of the grand entrance, His Eminence gave his blessings to all those in attendance. Everyone present was invited by George and Christine Kiraz to enjoy a sit down dinner, which they offered, in appreciation for sharing this blessed and happy occasion with them.

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