On August 15, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Mary Church in Saydnaya.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for the Youth Affairs and Christian Education.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained Deacon Gabriel Al-Khoury to be a priest in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
After the rite of the ordination, the new priest delivered a sermon in which he thanked the Lord for the great grace of priesthood and thanked His Holiness for blessing him by laying his hands on him.
At the end of the sermon, His Holiness led the procession of the Holy Belt of the Virgin Mary, blessing the faithful.