His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation at Mor Gewargis Church in Aleppo.
His Holiness was assisted by His Eminence Mor Selwanos Boutros AL-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama and Environs, and His Grace Mor George Kourieh, Dean of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary. Very Rev. Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate in Aleppo and Environs, and the clergy of Aleppo also participated in the Holy Qurobo.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness elevated Rev. Fr. Shukri Touma to the rank of Khuroyo and bestowed the Holy Cross to Rev. Fr. George Glore.
His Holiness spoke about the humble character of the Virgin Mary and how her humility allowed her to be chosen to become the Mother of God. He also spoke about the challenges that we face when we follow the Lord and walk in His footsteps.
His Holiness emphasized that the joy is not complete with the absence of His Eminence Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim, Archbishop of Aleppo and Environs.
In turn, Very Rev. Fr. Shukri Touma thanked His Holiness for ordaining him as Khuroyo and prayed for the safe return of His Eminence Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.