On October 24, 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II concelebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Mark Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey with the prelates of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Greater New York Region.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness was assisted by His Eminence Armenian Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, His Grace Coptic Orthodox Bishop David, and their Eminences: Mor Titus Yeldho, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese of Northern America, Mor Silvanus Ayub, Archbishop of the American Region of the Knanaya Archdiocese, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Assistant and Patriarchal Delegate for the Archdiocese of Eastern USA, and Mor Irenius Paulose from Kerala.
This Concelebration was dedicated to the centennial commemoration of the 1915 Genocide, Sayfo and Medz Yeghern. It was also an acknowledgment of the new Sayfo that the Christians in the Middle East are witnessing.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about expecting persecutions. He reminded the faithful that, as Christians, we have the duty to transform the world around us, rendering it a reflection of Heaven, as much as we can. He added: “of course, the world resists this change, and this is why Christians are persecuted”. He also added that the continuous persecution of our Oriental Orthodox Churches is a sign of our true discipleship to Christ. The Church must remain faithful to Christ and invited all to carry out the Great Commission and spread the Gospel wherever we can.