On June 29, 2020, on the occasion of the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Lord’s choice of Peter to be the head of the apostles. Peter then showed eagerness and leadership even though he denied Christ three times. His Holiness added that the Lord asked Peter three times if he loved Him more than the other to eliminate all doubt Peter might have later because of his denial. The love of Peter to Christ was so great that he even died on the cross in witness of his faith in Him. His Holiness also spoke about St. Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, and how he was transformed from a persecutor of the church to a promoter of faith and a preacher of the gospel. At the end of his sermon, His Holiness sought the intercession of these two great saints, the heads of the apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, for the peace in the world and the protection of all creatures.