Walking with God

22 Oct

“Enoch walked faithfully with God, then he was no more because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24) We extend our apostalic benediction, benevolent prayers and greetings to our bretheren, His Beatitude Mor Baselius Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their … Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical 2003

22 Oct

We offer apostolic benediction, prayer, and greetings in the Lord to our brethren, their Eminencies the Metropolitans, our spiritual children the venerable priests, monks, nuns, deacons, deaconesses, and our blessed Syrian Orthodox people. May the divine providence embrace them through … Read More »

The Holy Bible

21 Sep

Dearly Beloved, The holy Synod of our Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church, that we presided over on September 9-12, 2003, had decided to designate the present year of 2004 as the Year of the Bible in response to the request of … Read More »

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 »