The Syrian Church in North America

12 May

The presence of Syrian Orthodox faithful in America dates back to the late Nineteenth Century, when religious persecution forced immigration from Ottoman Turkey to the United States and Canada. Often locating according to their trade skills, Syrian Orthodox faithful from … Read More »

The Patriarchal Decree of 1994

8 May

The Patriarchal Journal vol.32 – March/April 1994 – No. 133/134. Pages 130-136. We grant apostolic blessing, invocation and peace in the Lord to our brothers: the most honorable His Beatitude the Catholicos, their Eminences the Metropolitans, the notables, our sons … Read More »

The Angels

4 May

Written by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Introduction Through out the Holy Book, from Genesis to Revelation and in all the important events in it we read about spiritual beings called the Angels. Those Angels witnessed the … Read More »

The Seven Living Sacraments

29 Mar

What Are the Sacraments? The seven sacraments of the Church , instituted by Christ, His disciples and the early fathers of the Church, are fundamentally important to receive and know about. They are holy and mysterious. Holy, because they convey … Read More »


6 Mar

Know your Faith Essays On Syriac Theology & Spirituality No. 1 Written by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Tradition Tradition is, basically, the spiritual teaching we have inherited from the holy apostles and church fathers. Tradition is … Read More »

A Short Overview of the Common History

5 Mar

Patriarchal Journal Vol. 33 – June 1995 – No. 146, pp. 322-344. Maren Tyedmers Hange assisted with this translation. Introduction as we approach this important issue, it is necessary to give a brief overview of the political and religious conditions … Read More »

Life in Christ

12 Feb

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving … Read More »

Meekness and Humility

1 Feb

The Lord Jesus says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will … Read More »


22 Dec

“Prayer is good with fasting and charity and almsgiving is better than storing gold…for charity and almsgiving delivers from death and it will purge away every sin. Those who practice it will have fullness of life” (Tobias 12:8-9). We extend our … Read More »