His Holiness was welcomed in the Church by the priest and the members of the parish council. The church choir chanted hymns in Russian and Syriac. His Holiness then offered prayers in the church and blessed the people who gathered to meet him.
He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Philoxenus Yusuf Cetin, Patriarchal Vicar in Istanbul and Ankara, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Assistant, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kurdistan and Environs, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Roger-Youssef Akhrass, Director of Syriac Studies.
A special dinner was organized in honor of His Holiness and the accompanying delegation.