On the occasion of the Feast of St. Anthony, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Aphrem Church in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, Mor Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Assistant and Patriarchal Delegate to the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, Mor Yakoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Affairs of the Monks and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya, assist His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness tonsured the two seminarian deacons Charbel Rizk and Simon (Shemoun) Absim, and ordained them as monks.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about monkhood which the two new monks freely and voluntarily chose to become their way of life. He also spoke about the importance of prayer and devotion in the monks’ lives. He emphasized that monks always seek the salvation of their souls and should always pursue holiness and perfection following the Lord’s command.