His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, in the presence of clergy from Brazil as well as monks of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, and monks and deacons of the Patriarchate.
His Excellency Achilles Zaluar, Chargé d’Affaires of the Brazilian Embassy in Damascus also attended the Holy Qurobo.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained Very Rev. Dayroyo Aphrem Fernandez to be a priest for St. Mary Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in the Brazilian Capital Brazilia.
In his sermon, His Holiness explained the Bible reading of the first Sunday of Lent. He talked about lent period as a time to plead God to change us like He changed water into wine in Cana. He also spoke about the life of priesthood and congratulated the newly ordained priest, wishing him long years of blessed service.
At the end of the ordination rite, His Eminence Mor Titus Boulos Touza wished Raban Aphrem all success in his priestly service. He also thanked His Holiness for his overwhelming fatherly love.
The Patriarchal Encyclical of the Great Lent was then read, after which the newly ordained priest continued the Holy Qurobo.