On April 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the service of the worship of the Cross at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma in Damascus.
His Holiness was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, as well as the clergy and the monks of the Patriarchate.
St. Aphrem Patriarchal Choir in Damascus chanted the special hymns for the occasion.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about redemption and crucifixion. He also spoke about the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ Who accepted death for the sake of the salvation of the human race. His Holiness also talked about the thief who was crucified to the right side of our Lord.
After the completion of the service of the worship of the cross, His Holiness led a procession with the Holy Cross and blessed the faithful. He then completed the rite of the burial of the Crucifix in the holy altar.