He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, in the presence of clergy, monks, and deacons of the Patriarchate.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained Rev. Qashisho Youssef Al-Birni to be a priest in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
In his sermon, His Holiness explained the Bible reading. He talked about the core of the Apostleship mission that is having faith in the Lord and preaching His Gospel. He considered that we, giving up our faith and call, give power to Satan to control our lives; for Satan has been defeated by our Lord and has no more authority over our world.
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 his sermon, His Holiness prayed for our beloved ones in Kerala, India. He expressed his sorrow to see the floods resulting in the loss of hundreds of people as well as thousands from their homes. He asked the prayer of all to our faithful there and to all who are suffering that the Lord may shorten these days of hardship.