On the occasion of the Sunday of the Departed Priests, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Qurobo which His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary and His Grace Mor Maurice Amsih, Director of Public Relations and Patriarchal Delegate in Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates, celebrated in the presence of His Eminence Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the responsibility of the priests for their own salvation and the salvation of the flock which is entrusted to them by the Lord.
He encouraged all the priests to be a role model for others in holding firm to their faith despite the persecutions and remembered the martyr priest Fr. Youssef Adel Aboodi.
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness offered the prayer of the service of the priests.