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Where to Spend Eternity? Patriarchal Encyclical 2014

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A Statement from the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch on the Release of the Nuns of Maaloula

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THE SYRIAC CHRONICLE OF MICHAEL THE GREAT Available for Purchase

The Chronicle of Michael Rabo is perhaps the only voluminous Syriac manuscript surviving from the twelfth century, and is offered here for the first time in the English language. Michael Rabo was a Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church from 1166 to 1199 and in his Chronicle, he systematically arranged and compiled Greek, Syriac, Armenian and Arabic historical sources encompassing events from the creation of the world to his own time.

From this spectacular array of sources, the reader is offered deep insight into the history of the many issues and conflicts political, geographical and theological that prevailed throughout the Middle East…

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Our Very Dear Friend Elias Sarkar

Dear brothers and sisters:

It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the passing of Mr. Elias Sarkar on March 16, 2014. Elias was a devoted husband to Majda, and a loving father to Joseph and Roseanne. Elias was most recently president of the Archdiocesan Executive Council but served our beloved church in many different capacities. He always worked tirelessly with great passion and dedication. His passing is an immense loss to his beloved family, dear friends, colleagues, St. Mark’s parish, the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese, and the community as a whole.

The family will accept condolences, on Tuesday, March 18,…

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With Gratitude

His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for Eastern United States, would like to thank Their Eminences, the Archbishops, members of the Clergy and parishioners and friends, who offered their condolences for the passing away of Sub-Deacon Elias Sarkar, through phone calls, e-mails and messages. His thanks go also to the hundreds of people who joined in paying their respects and condolences in person, and attended the funeral services.

The late Sub-Deacon Elias Sarkar was the President of the Archdiocese Executive Council, a former president of the Parish Council for St. Mark’s Cathedral and…

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Letter of condolence from the evangelical Lutheran church in America

On behalf of your sisters and brothers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I extend to you and the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church my deepest sympathy and prayers. When I learned of the passing of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, I recalled his great leadership on behalf of our Lord and Christ’s Chruch.

May our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – bring you and the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church comfort, love, and peace during these days of mourning, even as we join you in…

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Special Prayer Services for His Holiness The Patriarch

With great sorrow, we announce the passing away of our Holy father, and faithful shepherd, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. His Holiness passed away today, Friday the 21st in Germany.

We request all of you to kindly pray for the repose of His Holiness and for the Church, in these hard times. While we mourn His Holiness’ passing away, we ask you all to open your churches tomorrow evening for an hour or two, for prayers, mourning and accepting condolences. We also request you all to hold a special prayer service…

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Funeral Services for His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

The funeral arrangements for His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas is as follows:
Saturday, March 22, 2014 His Holiness’ body will be lying in state at Mor Yacoub Monastery in Germany.

Sunday, March 23, 2014, Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) and visitation for His Holiness will be held at Mor Yacoub Monastery Germany.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, His Holiness’ body will be received at Beirut airport and taken to Mor Yacoub Monastery in Atchaneh-Lebanon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 His Holiness’ body will be lying in state at Mor Ephrem Church in Ashrafyeh Beirut.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 the first funeral service…

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A Statement from the Hierarchs in North America

It is with great sadness that we, the North American Archdioceses of the Syriac Orthodox Church, wish to inform you of the passing of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. His Holiness was called to his eternal rest today, March 21, 2014, following a heart attack while in Germany for medical treatment. Eighty years of age, His Holiness was born in Mosul, Iraq on April 21, 1933 and served as our supreme spiritual father since his election to the Patriarchal See of Antioch on September 14, 1980. A…

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بيان من رعاة الكنيسة السريانية في امريكا الشمالية

ببالغ الحزن والأسى تنعي الأبرشيات السريانية الأرثوذكسية في أميركا الشمالية، المثلث الرحمات قداسة مار إغناطيوس زكا الأول عيواص بطريرك أنطاكية وسائر المشرق الرئيس الأعلى للكنيسة السريانية الأرثوذكسية في العالم، الذي انتقل إلى الخدور العلوية اليوم الجمعة الواقع في 21 آذار 2014 عن عمر يناهز 80 عاماً إثر جلطة قلبية حادة أصابته خلال وجوده في ألمانيا لتلقي العلاج الطبي.

وُلد قداسته في الموصل ـــ العراق في 21 نيسان 1933، وخدم كأب روحي أعلى منذ توليه السدة البطريركية الأنطاكية في 14 أيلول 1980. كخادم أمين دؤوب للرب، جاهد قداسته في تقوية الكنيسة وقيادتها لثلاثة عقود ونيّف، أسّس خلالها نيابات بطريركية جديدة في مختلف أنحاء…

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الجدول المؤقت لترتيبات جنازة أبينا المثلث الرحمات قداسة مار إغناطيوس زكا الأول عيواص

السبت 22/ أذار/ 2014: سيسجى جثمان قداسته في كنيسة دير مار يعقوب السروجي في فاربورغ – ألمانيا.
الأحد 23/ أذار/ 2014: سيقام القداس الإلهي من أجل راحة نفس الفقيد وبعد الانتهاء من القداس يتوجه المؤمنون لنوال بركة قداسته والقاء النظرة الأخيرة في دير مار يعقوب السروجي- ألمانيا.
الثلاثاء 25/ أذار/2014: وصول جثمان قداسته إلى مطار بيروت ومنه إلى دير مار يعقوب البرادعي في العطشانه – لبنان.
الأربعاء 26/ أذار/ 2014: وصول جثمان قداسته إلى كنيسة مار أفرام في الأشرفية – بيروت والقاء النظرة الأخيرة.
الخميس 27/ أذار/ 2014: ستقام رتبة الجناز الأولى في كنيسة مار أفرام في الأشرفية – بيروت.
الجمعة 28/ أذار/…

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His Holiness’ body in St. Ephrem Church in Beirut

His Holiness’ body in St. Ephrem Church, in Beirut, being being visited by the President, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries in Lebanon.

OF Blessed Memory Poster

We created a memorial poster: Of Blessed Memory of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. We ask that you kindly download and distribute this poster accordingly.

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A Message of Condolences from His Holiness Pope Francis

TELEGRAMMA DI CORDOGLIO DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCESCO PER LA MORTE DEL PATRIARCA DELLA CHIESA SIRO-ORTODOSSA DI ANTIOCHIA S.S. IGNATIUS ZAKKA I IWAS
To the Locum Tenens


Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East


With deep sorrow I have learned of the passing of His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, father and chief pastor of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East, and I hasten to express to you, to the Bishops, clergy and lay faithful, my personal condolences and the prayerful closeness of all Catholics at this time of deeply-felt loss. The whole Christian world has lost one of its outstanding spiritual leaders, courageous and wise in leading people trough very difficult times. Following his election as Patriarch in 1980 His Holiness was an engaged witness of the successive violent conflicts that have brought untold death and suffering to the Middle East, especially to Iraq and most recently Syria. His Holiness was a man of dialogue and peace with regard to the followers of all religious traditions. In particular I give heartfelt thanks to God for his constant work to improve relations among Christians and, from the time he attended the Second Vatican Council as an observer, for his extraordinary contribution to strengthening communion between Syrian Orthodox Christians and the Catholic faithful. May the Almighty receive him into his kingdom and grant him eternal rest, and may the memory of his long and devoted service to the Church live on as a challenge and a stimulus to all.


FRANCISCUS

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Remembering His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

It is with submission to the will of the Lord and great sadness we announce the passing into eternal life of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. His Holiness passed away after suffering a massive heart attack while in Germany for treatment. May God rest him in peace and his memory be eternal.

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The biography of Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the 122nd successor to St. Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch, completes 25 years in the Patriarchal See on the day of the Feast of Holy Cross, 2005. The Universal Syrian Church with its flocks spread over many nations, celebrates this unique historic occasion, of His Holiness’s Silver Jubilee of the Patriarchal enthronement, with great fervor and enthusiasm. Full Bio

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Archbishop expresses sadness at death of supreme head of Syrian Orthodox Church

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed great sadness at the passing away of His Holiness Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (1933-2014), Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the supreme head of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Archbishop Justin said: “We thank God for the extraordinary life and witness of His Holiness and pray for the Syrian Orthodox Church at this time of mourning and uncertainty. His Holiness will be sorely missed. We also continue to remember His Eminence Metropolitan Yohanna Ibrahim of Alleppo, who has been missing along with His Eminence Metropolitan Boulos since April 2013 and seek the mercy of Christ for his safe release.

“Christians across the Middle East are coping under immense suffering and trials. Their steadfastness is one of deep inner conviction, commitment and faith. They are bearing the cross on a daily basis without fear and announcing the Good News in word and deed. We thank God for this faithful witness, which is a blessing to the whole world, a message that Christ in our midst will help overcome the trials, distress and hardship that face us.”

His Holiness was known for his enduring ministry in very difficult and trying circumstances, and made important contributions to ecumenical dialogue. He was a member of different Eastern and Western Academies and the author of a number of books on Christian education, theology, history, and culture in the Syriac, Arabic and English languages.

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A letter of condolences from His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

The Holy Synod has elected Archbishop Mor Severius Hawa of Baghdad as a Locum Tenens.

The Holy Synod has elected Archbishop Mor Severius Hawa of Baghdad as a Locum Tenens.

Patriarch Elect Aphrem II Karim, 123rd Patriarch of Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch

Photos of Patriarch Elect Aphrem II Karim (Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch for the Eastern United States of America ), 123rd Patriarch of Universal Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.

The official announcement about the newly elected Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

The official announcement about the newly elected Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II by the Holy Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch.

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