Monastic Life in the Syrian Orthodox Church

16 Aug

1: Patriarchal Journal vol. 87-89 – September-November 1990 2: Patriarchal Journal vol. 156 – June 1996. 1. Introduction We call the monastic life a philosophy of Christian law and character. It is a way of abandoning worldly life. It is filled … Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical Holy Synod 2009

22 Jul

In The Name Of The Self-Existent Eternal, Omnipotent and Almighty God Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch Of The Apostolic See Of Antioch And All The East Supreme Head Of The Universal Syriac Orthodox Church We extend our apostolic benediction, best wishes … Read More »

Concept of Jurisdiction and Authority

18 Jul

Article by His Grace Mor Gregorios Johanna Ibrahim Metropolitan of Aleppo and Environs The Rev. Fr. Monk Melki assisted with this translation. Nobody in the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch (S.O.C.A.) has treated, in a separate study, the subject of … Read More »

True Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ

17 Jul

We extend our apostolic benediction, best wishes and greetings to our brothers, their eminence, the metropolitans; to our spiritual children: The honorable vicars, priests, monks, nuns, deacons and deaconesses; and to all our esteemed Syrian Orthodox faithful. May the divine … Read More »

True Repentance

4 Jul

“From that time on Jesus began to preach: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near’.” (Matt. 4:17) Man, with all his intelligence, can not fathom the depth of God’s love to mankind or to comprehend its essence. For He … Read More »


19 May

Written by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Definition Fasting is a voluntary act of abandoning worldly life. It is a sign of man’s obedience to, and respect of God’s laws and his observance of God’s offices by … Read More »

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 »