The Patriarchal Secretary Fr. Matta Alkhoury is consecrated as an Archbishop
On Sunday, the 4th of November 2012, at 10 o’clock in the morning, His Holiness, Moran Mor Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, celebrated the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) at Sts. Peter & Paul’s Cathedral, in St. Aphrem’s Patriarchal Complex, Ma’arat Saydnaya. Several Archbishops attended this spiritual event. During the celebration and in an awesome and spiritual atmosphere, H.H. laid his hand on Very Rev. Raban Matta Fadel Alkhoury and elevated him to the rank of an Archbishop giving him the Episcopal name of Mor Timotheos. The Archbishop was carried on a chair on the shoulders of the clergy, to read the gospel of the Good Shepherd.
Archbishop Timotheos gave a speech of thanksgiving and concluded the service of the Holy Qurobo. When the celebration finished, His Holiness and the newly-ordained Archbishop were carried on chairs to St. Aphrem’s Patriarchal Hall, at St. Aphrem the Syrian Monastery, where they both received the congratulations of the attendees, after which everybody was invited for a luncheon.