On May 16, 2021, on the occasion of the Feast of the Blessing of the Virgin Mary on the Crops (15 May), 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 Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, and Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya, assisted His Holiness during the Holy Qurobo which was attended by the participants of the first gathering of the Syriac Scouts of Syria.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the purpose that each faithful should have in life in order to progress in his spiritual life and to develop the talents that the Lord gave to him. He called the faithful to follow the example of the Virgin Mart who teaches us obedience to the Lord and submission to His will by service and love. His Holiness also spoke about the feasts that the church celebrated in commemoration of the Virgin Mary, especially her blessing on the crops. He emphasized the role of saints in the lives of the believers who seek their intercession in the daily lives.