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Christmas Fast

By His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

The institution of this fast was towards the beginning of the fourth century AD. This can be gathered from reading memres of St. Ephrem the Syrian (+373) and the hymns he composed in the fourth Century. Christmas fast is practiced in preparation for welcoming the commemorative day of Lord Jesus’ birth in the flesh and in memory of the grief brought by sin, which we experienced before the Lord’s birth. The darkness of ignorance, Satan’s enslavement of us, and the infliction of the created world, in expectation of salvation accomplished through the birth…

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Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim passes away

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing away of His Beatitude Ignatius IV Hazim, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. His Beatitude was suffering from a stroke and on Wednesday, December the 5th passed away at the age of 92 at St. George’s hospital in Beirut, Lebanon.

Patriarch Hazim was born in Mhareh-Homs, Syria. After finishing his studies there, he moved to Lebanon, where he became active in the church and community. He was ordained Bishop of Palmyra, in 1961 and in 1971 was consecrated a metropolitan for Lattakia, Syria.

Ignatius IV Hazim was consecrated the Patriarch…

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His Holiness Patriarch Zakka participates in the installation of Pope Theodoros II

On November 18th, 2012, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, joined our sister Coptic Orthodox Church in the installation of the new Patriarch, His Holiness Pope Theodoros II, on the Holy See of Alexandria. Pope Theodoros II is the 118th Pope in the line of succession presiding over the Coptic Church of Alexandria. This celebration took place at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbasia, Cairo.

H.H. Mor Zakka I led a delegation of seven Archbishops and a number of priests and monks from our Church. Patriarchs of other Orthodox and Catholic Churches also attended…

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2013 Wall Calendar is Now Available!

The New 2013 Archdiocesan wall calendar, consists of 28 pages, printed in high gloss and lists all celebrated holidays, fasts and scripture readings. In addition to that there is an Eastern Diocese directory and a 2014 calendar year outline.

These calendars were produced & conceptualized by Rev. Fr. John Kouki.

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Archbishop Aphrem Karim Participates in the installation ceremony of the new Archbishop of Germany

On Sunday, December 9th His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the east, presided over the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) at the monastery of Mor Yacoub of Sarugh in Warburg, Germany. His Holiness was assisted by several archbishops from different parts of the world and served by the clergy, deacons and choirs of Germany. Also in attendance were representatives from sister Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches.

During the Holy Qurobo His Eminence Archbishop Mor Philoxenus Matthias Nayis, former patriarchal assistant, was installed as the new archbishop for the archdiocese, patriarchal vicariate of Germany. While seated on his…

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Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America 2012

A meeting of the Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America was held at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, New York on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim participated in this meeting, with their Eminences: Khajag Barsamian, Vicken Aykazian and Mor Titus Yaldho.

Archbishop Karim was accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Shabo, Rev. Fr.Joseph Chamoun and Rev. Fr. Alan Shaltan.
Some of the items on the agenda were: A proposed Forum on Oriental Orthodox Youth, Review of the Concelebrated Liturgy, Joint Commission of the Eastern/Oriental Orthodox Churches, Eastern Orthodox/Oriental Orthodox Prayer Service for U.N., Christian Churches…

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Christmas Recital Pays Tribute To Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims

A Christmas recital featuring ten young and upcoming violinists from the Syriac Community, held at the Archdiocesan Complex in Teaneck, New Jersey, opens with prayers, poetry reading and candle lighting to commemorate the Connecticut school shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and six adults innocently became victims of evil and murdered 9:30 early morning on Friday December14th. The program began with 26 candles being lit, one by one, by children and adults in attendance and an opening prayer offered by His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim. A moment of silence was followed by the singing of the Lord’s Prayer….

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His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Celebrates The Holy Liturgy on Christmas Day

His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim celebrated the Holy Liturgy on Christmas Day at St. Mark’s Cathedral. The Tuesday morning liturgy marked the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago in the little town of Bethlehem.

The Cathedral quickly filled to capacity with standing room only and noticeably, the large number of young people in attendance drew everyone’s attention.

In his sermon, the Archbishop recalled the story of the Nativity and drew comparisons between the difficulties, fears and struggles of the Holy Family with those of families in today’s society, especially those members of our church community throughout Syria. He…

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