http://SyriacChristianity.org

Syriac Orthodox website from India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Online Publications

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Yakkoobyan

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Ente Sahayathrikan


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Noohro: The Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Ignatius Elias III

(Patriarch of Antioch)

February 13, 1932

Biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Gregorios Chathuruthil

(Patron Saint of Malankara)

November 2, 1902

www.ParumalaThirumeni.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Athanasious Paulose

(Valiya Thirumeni)

January 26, 1953

Biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very. Rev. P.J Jacob Cor-Episcopo, to be ordained as auxiliary Metropolitan for Honavar Mission

Ordination to be held Damascus Patriarchal Cathedral on August 23rd

 

Puthencuriz, July 23, 2009: Very. Rev. P.J Jacob Cor-Episcopo, to be ordained as auxiliary metropolitan for Honavar Mission on 23 August 2009 by His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at the Monastery of St. Aphrem the Syrian, in Ma`rrat Sayyidnaya, Damascus, Syria. The Catholicos His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I, Mor Gregorios Joseph (Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese & Malankara Episcopal Synod Secretary), and other metropolitans of Syriac orthodox Church will assist His Holiness in the consecration ceremonies.

The General assembly of Honavar Mission elected P.J Jacob Cor-Episcopo as their Metropolitan-designate on 06 December 2007.

Brief Biography of the Bishop Designate
http://socmnet.org/Jacob_CorEpiscopo.htm
 

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81ST BIRTHDAY OF CATHOLICOS H.B. BASELIOS THOMAS I

July 21, 2009: H.B. Aboon Mor Baselius Thomas I, the Catholicos & the regional head of the Syrian Church of India,  is celebrating the 81st birthday today.

Born in a humble family in Puthencruz, near Cochin, our Bawa came to the present position, overcoming many hardships, only due to the divine call and guidance. The prayerful life of our Bawa is an example for many other leaders in Malankara.

On this happy occasion of the 81st birthday, let us all pray to God almighty to give Bawa a healthy long life, to lead us into the new heights.

Biography of Catholicos
http://saintgregorios.org/PARUMALA/Catholicos_ThomasI.htm


Photos of 81st Birthday celebrations

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His Holiness returned form Germany after  medical checkup -

Health results satisfactory

 

Damascus, Syria:  His Holiness the Patriarch Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, who was on a week long visit to Germany for a detailed medical check-up has returned to the patriarchate in Damascus on July 7th.  A comprehensive medical examination has been carried out and the results have been found excellent which confirmed the stability of H.H.’s health. Mor Philoxinus Mattias Nayis, the Patriarchal Assistant, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, Sister Hanina Hubayl, President of Sister’s monastery of Mor Jacob  El-Baradei and a few others accompanied the holy father during the trip.   H.E. Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo who was in Germany leading the Bishop's committee meetings on German affairs and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, the Patriarchal vicar to Germany were also with His Holiness during the visit.

On his way back, the Patriarch met Mor Filuksinos Yusuf Çetyn, Patriarchal-Vicariate of Istanbul & Ankara, the parish priests, and distinguished  members of the Milli Mejlis at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

 

 

 

The Holy father at the Istanbul Airport on his

way back to the Patriarchate

 

 

 

Photos:   Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

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Celebration of the Holy mass at the ancient Church of St. Thomas in Mosul, Iraq, on St. Thomas day

 

 

Mosul, Iraq - July 3, 2009:  Marking the Apostle St. Thomas Day on 3rd July 2009,  Holy Mass was celebrated at the historical church of St. Thomas, in Mosul, Iraq, by Metropolitan H.E. Mor Gregorios Saliba Shamoun of the Archdiocese of Mosul. Hundreds of faithful participated in the Holy Mass and other commemorative celebrations. A traditional procession by the faithful led by the priests was also held on the occasion.

It was from this church of St. Thomas, the holy relics of the Apostle was discovered by our present Patriarch 45 years back when he was the Archbishop of the diocese.  The history says that St. Thomas was martyred while on his Apostolic mission to India on 21st December AD 72 and was buried there. Persecutions in the subsequent years  made the Christianity in India, that was spread through the Apostolic mission of  St. Thomas, to be confined to just the present southern Indian state of Kerala (Malankara) where large number of St. Thomas Christians exists to date, and as a result the burial place of the Apostle which was located miles apart from this Christian settlement area, faded into obscurity.  The arrival of more Syrian Christian missionaries from mid-4th century and the subsequent revival of Christian practices, increased the importance of the Apostle's burial place and the church fathers who visited the place decided to transfer the relic to safer place. Thus in AD 394, the sacred relics of St. Thomas was transferred from India to Edessa by the church fathers and was established in the Cathedral of St. Thomas there. It is this day of establishment of the St. Thomas relic in the Cathedral of  St. Thomas in Edessa which is celebrated as Apostle St. Thomas day universally.

 

During the  great Christian persecutions of subsequent years the church in Edessa, like all other churches in Holy Land, was ransacked by its enemies and this prompted the church fathers to transfer the relic to safer places. A major portion of this Apostle's relic (bone) was taken to Mosul and was hidden in the walls of the ancient Syrian Orthodox church there which remained undiscovered for many centuries until it was rediscovered by our Patriarch 5 decades ago. 

 

Sixteen centuries after the said transfer, a part of the Holy relic found its way back to India when the late lamented Patriarch Ignatius Yakub III of blessed memory presented it to the Indian Syriac Church in 1964. Later in 1994 our present Patriarch, who was entrusted by our Lord, to rediscover the sacred relic of the great architect of Indian Christianity, presented a  portion of relic to the ancient & famous Cathedral of St. Thomas in Mulanthuruthy, Kochi, India, where the feast of St. Thomas is celebrated with great importance both on July 3rd and on the Apostle's martyrdom day on December 21st.

 

Apostle day celebrations at the  St. Thomas

Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Mosul, Iraq on July 3, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Photos:   SyriacNews.org

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100th DUKRONO OF

MOR DIONYSIUS  JOSEPH PULIKOTTIL

(Mor Divanasios V, the Malankara Metropolitan from 1876 -1909)

 

The 100th death anniversary of Mor Dionysius Joseph Pulikottil, the former Malankara Metropolitan & regional head of the Syriacs in India,  falls on July 11, 2009. The occasion will be marked with special prayers in remembrance of the holy father, during the Sunday Mass on 12th July in all the Malankara Syrian churches.

 

           Mor Dionysius V Joseph Pulikottil is one of those illustrious fathers of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church who is remembered with great reverence and affection.  For nearly four and half decades he led the Malankara Church; first as assistant to the Apostolic delegate Mor Kurillos Yuyakim and later as the 'Malankara Metropolitan', the chief of the Malankara Archdiocese. The Syrian Christian community of India owes a lot to this spiritual father for his able and dedicated leadership. H.E. Mor Divanasios (Dionysius) Pulikottil is widely acknowledged as the architect of the modern Malankara Church.

 

Born in the 'Pulikottil' family of Kunnamkulam, Mor Divanasios rose to the order of Metropolitan in AD 1865. The sufferings he faced as Metropolitan to retain the Syrian Orthodox faith in Malankara was unprecedented.  In those period, the British were the dominant force in India and they supported the Anglican Church who tried to introduce their protestant faith among the Syrian Christians.  As a consequence of this, many of the churches in Central Travancore (Southern Kerala) including the lone Seminary of the Jacobite Syrian Christians at Kottayam, came under the influence of the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S). However with the arrival of Mor Ignatius Peter IV, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, in AD 1875, the situation changed for better. The discussions held by the Patriarch with the British authorities at London on his way to India, helped a lot in changing their attitude towards the Malankara Church. Since then the Government and judiciary under British rule, started to function impartially. But the internal administration of the Malankara Church remained a complicated affair. So the Patriarch held series of discussions with the representatives of the Syrian Christian community to find out a longstanding solution to the problems pertaining the Malankara Church. 

 

In June AD 1876, Patriarch Mor Ignatius Peter IV convened a Synod at the Mulunthuruthy Mar Thoman Church, which gave birth to the popular and democratic 'Syrian Christian Association Committee'; a body comprising of representatives from the Parishes of Malankara. As per the decision of this historic Synod, Malankara Edavaka (Syrian Archdiocese in India) was divided into six new dioceses for administrative convenience, and  Metropolitans were ordained for each (St.Gregorios of Parumala was one of those new Metropolitans ordained by the Patriarch Mor Ignatius Peter IV).  Decision was also taken to elevate the senior most Metropolitan of Malankara Church 'H.E. Mor Divanasios Joseph Pulikottil', as the first Metropolitan President of the newly formed Association and as the chief of the local Synod, with the designation MALANKARA METROPOLITAN. Since then His Excellency came to be called 'Mor DIVANASIOS V',  being the fifth Metropolitan of the Indian Church known in the same name. (The first of the Malankara bishops who adorned the title 'Divanasios' was Marthoma VI in 1770. He died in 1808).

 

His Grace Mor Divanasios V continued as the head of the Church in Malankara for 33 long years and by then, he was able to re-establish the lost glory of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. It was at his insistence many of the spiritual organizations like the students movement, Sunday school etc. were organized in a systematic order for the first time in Malankara.  He is also the founder of the famous Seminary at Parumala.  His administrative capability was considered to be extraordinary.  Pulikottil Mor Divanasios V is undoubtedly one of the greatest Metropolitans of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. 

 

Sacred tomb of Mor Dionysius Joseph Pulikottil at the

Syrian Seminary in Kottayam

 

 

Exclusive website by Malankara Syriac Christian Resources on the life of     Mor Dionysius Joseph Pulikottil : 

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Palestinian dignitaries visit His Holiness at the

St. Aphrem Monastery, Damascus

 

 

St. Aphrem Seminary, Damascus:  On Wednesday 24th June, Sheikh Taysir Al-Tamimi, the Chief of the Islamic Courts of the Palestinian, the H.E. Ambassador of Palestine, and other dignitaries visited our Holy father His Holiness Igntaius Zakka I Iwas at the Patriarchal residence in the Monastery of St. Aphrem, Ma’arrat Saidnaya, Damascus.  H.E. Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo archdiocese also accompanied the delegation. On the occasion, the Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi and the delegation accompanying him, presented some souvenirs to His Holiness the Patriarch, and awarded the holy father with the scarf symbolizing the Arab character of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people.

 

The delegation visited Damascus to attend the International Conference on the subject, "Jerusalem in the Ottoman Empire",  held by the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Research Center for History, Art and Islamic Culture  in Istanbul (IRCICA). Other than the Metropolitan of Aleppo, the Syriac Orthodox Church was represented at the conference by Mor Philoxinus  Mattias Nayis, the Patriarchal Assistant and Metropolitan of St. Aphrem Theological Seminary, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut.

 

 

 

 

 

Source:   News from the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

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MOR GABRIEL MONASTERY LOSES FORESTRY CASE

Midyat, Turkey, Jun 24, 2009 – In an astonishing verdict, the Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA), a recognized NGO at the United Nations that represents the Aramean (Syriac) people worldwide, reports that the court trial held today on Wednesday, June 24 2009, in Midyat, Turkey, has resulted in a lose of the “Forestry Case” by the Saint (Mor) Gabriel Monastery. However, in another puzzling decision, the Court also ruled today in favour of the Monastery on the “Treasury” Case. 

The Midyat Court decided as follows:

  • The Monastery has lost its appeal against the earlier decision of the Forestry Department which claimed ownership over some 34 Hectares of Land from the Monastery (“Forestry Case”). The Court decided that the Forestry Department, on behalf of the Turkish State Government, owns the land and now has completed is cretion over what it will do with the land;
     

  • The case involving the Head of the Religious Foundation of the Monastery, Mr. Kuryakos Ergün, as a defendant, for the “intentional violation of the Forestry law”, has been postponed to 30 September, 2009; and
     

  • The Turkish State Treasury Department has lost its case against the Monastery claiming the 12 Parcels of land inside and outside the wall of the Monastery, amounting to some 24 Hectares of Land. 

In the Forestry Case, the Judge proclaimed that the State considers the land as a “forest” and therefore by definition it has become “Forestry” land owned by the State. The result of the case has deeply troubled the Monastery, with Kuryakos Ergün stating: “These are scary times. We are not sure what to do now. The State Government can now break down our protective wall and give a substantial amount of our land to third parties to cultivate it. Who knows what is next for us. All I know is that we now live with fear and an insecure future.” 

Daniel Gabriel, SUA’s Human Rights and NGO Director, expands o n this : “While we are pleased that we won the Treasury case, we are equally concerned by how we lost the Forestry Case. The court ruling shows us how the Turkish Government continues to mistreat its minority groups. I understand that we will appeal this decision to the Court of Appeal in Ankara. This is just a first step. Recent European Court of Human Rights decisions have shown us that the EU will not tolerate such discriminatory decisions by the Turkish State. On several occasions, the European Union, which Turkey seeks to join, has called on the Government to return seized properties to minorities and expand their religious and cultural freedoms. This is no different.” 

Johny Messo, President of the SUA, expressed his concerns stating: “With the loss of this case, we question the sincerity of the Turkish State when it claims it intends to secure the future of the indigenous Aramean people in their traditional homeland. We surely cannot and will not accept this remarkable verdict. By all peaceful means, we will intensify the pressure on Ankara, where the final decisions are taken. I call upon all politicians and media, and in particular the Turkish people, to stand united behind the Mor Gabriel Monastery and act accordingly to uphold justice.” 

The SUA again requests all media, human rights organizations and politicians to increase their public outcry over the injustice which is faced by the Aramean (Syriac) people. The victory of the Boundary and Treasury Cases, proves that international pres sure can affect other cases.

The SUA will continue to keep you updated in relation to all events related to these trials. If you require any further information, please contact Mr. Daniel Gabriel (SUA’s Director of Human Rights and NGO) on +44 7795 602 078 or on daniel.gabriel@sua-ngo.org. For more information, especially on historical maters, you can also contact Mr. Johny Messo (SUA’s President) on +31 611 539 771 or on johny.messo@sua-ngo.org.

 

Source: http://www.syrianorthodoxchurch.org

 

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SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN JERUSALEM

- A video presentation from youtube

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book titled  "Quintessence of Religious Doctrines" (Mathopadesa Sarangal) made available online

The English translation of the book titled 'Mathopadesa Sarangal', written in Malayalam by late Vattasseril Geevarghese Malapan (Mor Dionysius Geevarghese)  in 1900, and translated into English in 2006 by Prof. O M Mathew, is now made available online by its publishers Mor Adai Study centre & SOCMNet.org.  The title of this book translated into English is "Quintessence of Religious Doctrines".

'Mathopadesa Sarangal'

The book 'Mathopadesa Sarangal', which illustrates a detail study of the basic articles of faith of the Church covers many major themes related to the faith, doctrine, sacraments, canon of the Bible, synods, schisms, etc.. The author prepared these themes in a refined and condensed form so that the learners can memorize and have them engraved in their mind. Biblical illustrations add to the authenticity of the formulations. 

The book is compiled based on the works of Mor Gregorios Bar Ebroyo and other scholars of the Church as mentioned in the preface of the original text.  The first edition of this book was published in 1900 with the imprimatur of the late lamented Mor Dionysius Joseph Pulikkottil II of blessed memory. The book was reprinted several times after the death of its author and the latest unadulterated edition was published in 1964. 

'Quintessence of Religious Doctrines' ( English translation)

The English translation made available here is based on the unadulterated edition of the book written by late lamented Mor Geevarghese Dionsyius Vattasseril. The translation into English and the brief commentary added to each theme are the work of Prof. O. M. Mathew Oruvattithara, retired Professor of Baselius College, Kottayam. He is an erudite scholar and studious researcher. He got enrolled for the Masters in Theology after his retirement from academic life. He successfully completed the Masters at the `Mar Thoma Vidya Niketan,' affiliated with the Gregorian University in Rome and is now teaching Orthodox theology, by writing books, articles and teaching classes. His laudable contributions in the form of the translation and commentary of this book will always be remembered.  The English speaking members of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Malankara will remain deeply indebted to him.

The book can be accessed via link:

http://www.socmnet.org/books/MadopadesaSarangal_English.pdf

 

Hard copy of this book is available at the following bookstalls in India.

1. MOR JULIUS BOOK STALL, Kottayam.

     Phone: +91-481-2564499 / Mobile: 094473 64129

2. SYRIAN ORTHODOX SEMINARY BOOK STALL,  Mulanthuruthy
     Phone: +91-484-2748072

3. ST. IGNATIUS DAYARA BOOK STALL, Manjinikkara

4. MOR ADAI STUDY CENTRE, Changansserry
     Mob. + 91 944 620 3002 / email:
moolelachen@yahoo.com

5. M.M.D.M. BOOK STALL
     PATRIARCH CENTRE, Puthencuriz

 

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Centenary year of the consecration of St. Athanasious Paulose,

the former Malankara Metropolitan & head of

the Jacobite Syrian Christians of India

    

 

June 9, 2009:  The centenary celebrations of the Metropolitan-consecration of St. Athanasious Paulose, the former Malankara Metropolitan & the head of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church begins today. As part of the year-long celebrations, the Church has arranged various spiritual and cultural programs to be held at different places in the centenary year.

 

It was 99 years before on 9th June 1910, St. Athanasious Paulose, popularly known as "Valiya Thirumeni" was elevated as the high-priest by the Supreme head of the Syrian Church, Patriarch H.H. Mor Ignatius Abded `Aloho (Abdulla II) in a divine ceremony held at the Mor Sabor Mor Aphroth Jacobite Syrian Church at Akaparambu.  Initially he was given the responsibility of administering all the three northern dioceses including Angamali which was the largest of all the dioceses. The pious & saintly Mor Koorilose Paulose Kochuparambil was the Malankara Metropolitan at that time.  Following the demise of Mor Koorilose in 1917, St. Athanasious Paulose was unanimously choosen to the high post of Malankara Metropolitan by the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association which was endorsed by the Patriarch.  Thus St. Athanasious became the fourth Primate of the church who adorned the title of 'Malankara Metropolitan' since inception of this title in the Mulanthuruthy Synod held in 1876. The historical Malankara Association of 1935 held at Karingachira St. George church once again unanimously chose His Eminence as the Malankara Metropolitan.

 

It was Valiya Thirumeni who sowed the seed for the overall development of the Angamali diocese in its present form. Under his able and determined leadership, the seminary at Thrikkunnathu became a major study centre for the upcoming clergy. During his 34-year tenure as Malankara Metropolitan, the Thrikkunnathu Seminary also functioned as the Jacobite Syrian Church headquarters. In 1932 he rebuilt the nearby Thrikkunnathu St. Mary's Church in its present form. Around that time he brought many Syriac Christian families from various parts of Angamali diocese and gave them land, free of cost, near to the Thrikkunnathu Seminary and also helped them to construct houses by distributing his personal savings which he raised through the selling of his inherited family properties.

 

St. Athanasius Valiya Thirumeni is the founder father of many of the spiritual organizations in the Church like the Sunday School Association and the Marth Mariam Samajam.

 

The 'Mor Gregorios Syrian Students  Association', named after his mentor St. Gregorios Chathuruthil, happens to be the first students organization in Malankara that adopted the name of St. Gregorios of Parumala. The St. Antony's brotherhood and St. Mary's sisterhood, were started under his guidance and initiative. After serving the Church in Malankara for more than four decades, he passed away on 25th January 1953 at the age of 84 and was entombed on the very next day in the room on northern side of the madbho of the St. Mary's church at Thrikkunnathu, Alwaye, confirming to his last wishes. The sacred tombs of his predecessor as well his successor in the Angamali diocese, Their Graces  Mor Athanasious Paulose Kadavil and Mor Gregorios Geevarghese Vayaliparambil are also situated by the side of Valiya Thirumeni's last resting place.

 

The digital copy of the  'SUSTHATHIKON' linked here is the statement of empowerment given in writing to ST ATHANASIOUS PAULOSE (Valiya Thirumeni), after his ordination as a Metropolitan of the Angamali diocese of the Jacobite Syrian Church by the Chief Primate of the Church, H.H. Ignatius Abded'Aloho II, the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East in 1910. The original document is about 10 ft (3 meters) long and 1.5 ft wide.

http://www.syrianchurch.org/StAt/pdf/Susthathikon.pdf

 

Known for his piety, integrity, sincerity and unflinching faith, the spiritual father is remembered by the Malankara Church with great veneration. Valiya Thirumeni loved his people and defended them until his last, leaving behind him a magnificent legacy. He dedicated his entire life for the cause of the Church and the society. People revere him as a saintly father; he is the pride of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. Fifty one years after his demise, on 19th August 2004, the Church canonized Mor Athanasius Paulose. The first church dedicated in the name of St. Athanasious Paulose is situated in the premises of the Church headquarters at Puthencuriz.

 

 St. Athanasious Paulose website

http://www.syrianchurch.org/stathanasious.htm

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APOSTOLIC VISIT OF HIS HOLINESS TO  GREECE

From 16 to 22 May 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas went on an official visit to Greece, as the guests of the Greek Government and the Greek Orthodox Church. His Holiness was accompanied in this visit by His Eminence Mor Philexinos Mathias Nayis, Patriarchal Assistant, His Eminence Mor Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and two monks: V. Rev. Fr. Mata Khouri, and Dr. Georges Khouri. The main purpose of the visit was to congratulate the new archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church: His Beatitude Irenemos, and to renew the relationship between both the churches.

 

His Holiness was received at the Athens airport by Archimandrite His Eminence Gabriel, secretary of the Archbishop and Professor Christos Voulgaris, a representative of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Rev. Fr. John Gasali of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Greece, all the monks and nuns who are pursuing higher theological studies at the universities of Greece and the Syrian Orthodox faithful there.

 

His Holiness visited the Greek Foreign Minister and then His Beatitude Irenimos, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, where there was a friendly meeting between the two. On this occasion His Holiness the Patriarch presented the Grand Cross of the order of St. Ignatius Noorono to the Archbishop, as well as decorated the Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris with the decoration of commander of the order of Mor Aphrem the Syrian.

 

On Sunday, His Holiness the Patriarch presided over the Holy Mass at the Armenian Orthodox Church, which was attended by His Eminence Khorin Korean, the Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Greece, representatives of His Eminence the Archbishop, priests, monks, nuns and representatives of the diplomatic corps, led by Mrs. Huda al-Homsi, the Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador in Greece, as well as the distinguished ambassadors of Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, Poland. In the speech during the mass, His Holiness thanked God, for the opportunity to visit Greece again, and also thanked the Greek government and the Greek Orthodox Church for receiving His Holiness and the delegation as the official guests.

 

On Wednesday, His Holiness visited Professor Huda al-Homsi the Syrian Arab Republic Ambassador in Greece, who hosted a banquet in honour of His Holiness at the residence of the Ambassador.

 

On Thursday, His Holiness paid an official visit to the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Archbishop praised the good relationship between the two churches and called for more dialogues to further improve the relations. His Holiness, in his speech thanked His Eminence Archbishop for inviting to Greece, and also expressed his gratitude to the Greek Orthodox Church for the help and support being extended for the students of the Syrian Orthodox church.

 

Holiness also reviewed the relationship between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox and especially during the last quarter of the last century and the considerable efforts made by Prof. Christos Voulgaris to consolidate the relationship between them.

 

On Friday, His Holiness and the delegation returned back to Syria.

 

Source :  Patriarchate News

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Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America holds spring meeting

Participants at the Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches

 in America meeting, Paramus, N.J., May 18, 2009.

 

New York:  The Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America was held at the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Paramus, N.J., on May 18th.  The meeting was led by Standing Conference chairperson Archbishop Barsamian and hosted by Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, the head of the Syriac Archdiocese of the Eastern United States.

 

It was also attended by other clergy of the Eastern Diocese who are members of the Standing Conference, including the Very. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, the Very Rev. Fr. Vahan Hovhanessian, and the Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian.

 

Participants discussed programs for youth, the development of a brochure about Oriental Orthodox Churches, and an effort to strengthen the presence of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches in Washington through the creation of a special joint commission.

 

In addition, participants began to make plans for this year's Orthodox Prayer Service, the annual gathering organized under the auspices of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches, to give Orthodox Christians an opportunity to come together for worship and to learn more about each other's culture and heritage.

 

Last year's prayer service was held at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. The gathering included worship and a program focusing on the United Nations Millennium Development Goal to stamp out poverty and inequality.

 

Also under discussion was the upcoming Roman Catholic Church and Oriental Orthodox Churches Dialogue, scheduled for September 30, 2009, and the proceedings from the last international Roman Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Dialogue held in Rome in January.

 

Before adjourning, participants prayed together and shared news from their respective churches.

 

Source :  Armenian Reporter

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ST. JACOB OF NSIBIN CHURCH IN SWEDEN CONSECRATED

 

On May 17th 2009, the new Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, St. Jacob of Nsibin in Sweden was consecrated and sanctified.
 
People started to arrive as early as ten o’clock in the morning, two hours before the ceremony would start.  At 11.30 AM the church was full. Monks and priests started to arrive. The Catholic and Protestant churches in Sweden were also present. Also many people from the Swedish state and different organizations were present to share the joy. Everyone was excited and had looked forward to this day from the first moment they started building the church. Also Suroyo TV was present to air the whole event live.
 

Before 12.00 AM all the deacons and deaconesses gathered at the entrance of the church to welcome the bishops. Just after 12.00 AM His Eminence Mor Julius Abdulahad Shabo cut the ribbon and white doves were set free to fly into the church. His Eminence and all the other bishops from our church, followed by the priests and the people that gathered outside, all marched in to the church to start the ceremony. It brought great joy to see all bishops walking down the church together.

 

It was very overwhelming to see all the bishops together, surrounded by priests, monks and deacons. His Eminence Mor Theophilos Georg Saliba from Lebanon, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis from the Patriarchate in Syria, Mor Dioscoros Benyamin Atas from Sweden, Mor Dionosius Isa Gurbuz bishop from Switzerland and Austria, Mor Philoxenus Saliba Özmen from Mardin, Mor Malatius Malke Lahdo from Australia and Mor Severius Hazail Soumi from France and Belgium, all participated during this day.

 

There were also representatives from our sister-churches: His Eminence Anba Abakir of the Coptic Orthodox Church and His Eminence Macarie Drâgoi of the Rumanian Orthodox church. There were also other representatives from other churches and organizations.

Thousands of people from all over Sweden came to be a part of this beautiful day.
 
After the sanctification ceremony, the first liturgy was held. After the liturgy everyone went outside for a snack and the church bell rang for the first time. A few guests were also invited to have dinner with the bishops.

 

Source: MELTHODHAYE 

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MOR GABRIEL SYRIAC ORTHODOX MONASTERY

WINS BACK LAND

 

One of the world's oldest functioning Christian monasteries has won a legal battle to have land it had owned for centuries restored to it, after a Turkish court ruled on Friday it could not be claimed by the state.

 

The dispute over the boundaries of Mor Gabriel, a fifth-century Syriac Orthodox monastery in eastern Turkey, had raised concerns over freedom of religion and human rights for non-Muslim minorities in Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country and European Union aspirant.

 

In a statement, the Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA), a leading Syriac group based in Sweden, said a Turkish court in Midyat had reversed an initial decision by the land registry court to grant villages some 110 hectares (272 acres) of monastery land.

 

But it added another three cases relating to the monastery's former land remained open, two of which had been postponed.

 

The row began when Turkish government land officials redrew the boundaries around Mor Gabriel and the surrounding villages in 2008 to update a national land registry.

 

 

The Syriac Orthodox monks said the new boundaries turned over to the villages large plots of monastery land and some designated as public forest.

 

The case became a rallying cry for Christian church groups across Europe, and had been postponed several times.

 

 

 

Syriacs are one of the oldest communities in Turkey and still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. But they are not officially designated a minority in Turkey like the Greeks or Armenians, so have no special protection under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne's provisions for non-Muslim minorities.

 

The ruling AK Party government has said it has expanded the rights of minorities. But the EU and U.S. President Barack Obama, during a trip to Turkey in April, have urged Ankara to do more to promote religious freedom.

 

Source: Reuters

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St. Gregorios Abded'Jaleel

(Metropolitan of Jerusalem)

d. April 27, 1681

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