His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II began his first apostolic to Beirut celebrating the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Msaytbeh

IMG_5928His Eminence Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, assisted him in the Holy Qurobo which was attended by their Eminences Mor Severius Hawa, Metropolitan of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Philoxenus Matta Chamoun, Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh and His Grace Mor Maurice Amsih, Director of Public Relations at the Patriarchate as well as clergy and faithful from the Archdiocese.

The faithful welcomed His Holiness and the official dignitaries who were present include: representative of the Head of Parliament Mr Nabih Berri, MP Hani Qobbayseh, representative of Prime Minister Mr. Tamam Salam, Minister of Environment Mr. Mohammad Al-Mashnouq, representative of Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri MP Nidal Tohmeh, representative of the Minister of Interior Mr. Nouhad Al-Mashnouq General Elias Khoury, representative of the Ambassador of Syria Mr. Ali Abdel Karim Ali Mr. Faysal Raad, MP Mohammad Raad, Former Minister Bechara Merhej, representative of Former Minister Abdelrahim Mrad Awad Merhi, representative of the General Secretary of National Security General Georges Qara’a Captain Elie Wehbe, representative of the head of the Lebanese Forces Dr. Samir Geagea Mr. Samir Majdalani, as well as religious leaders and other representatives of officials and dignitaries.

In his sermon, His Holiness thanked all for this warm welcome and expressed his joy to meet the faithful of this parish. He added that the Syriac people exist in Lebanon since thousands of years, especially after seeking refuge in it after the 1915 Genocide Sayfo. He said that “Lebanon is a heavenly light that shines in this Orient” pointing out to the difficult circumstances that Christians from the East are going through. He also hoped that Lebanon will remain a house for those who seek it.

After the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness unveiled and consecrated the mosaic of the Centenial Commemoration of Sayfo, where he lit the torch and prayed the service of the martyrs.

Afterwards, His Holiness met the official delegations and the faithful who came to receive his blessings at Qenshrin Hall.

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