His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Sunday of the Wedding of Cana, which is the beginning of the Great Lent, at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus.
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and His Grace Bishop Mor Maurice Amsih, Patriarchal Delegate of the Archdiocese of Jazeerah and Euphrates.
His Holiness spoke about the miracle that the Lord Jesus Christ performed at the wedding of Cana and the beginning of His ministry of salvation to mankind.
The Patriarchal Encyclical of the Great Lent was then read; it included a message about the church, her marks and her mission. It invited the faithful to renew their commitment to the Church and wished them a blessed Lent.