On July 30, 2021, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the feast of Mor Yacoub Baradeus, Empress Theodora and Mor Gregorius Bar Hebraeus, at Mor Yacoub Baradeus church in Mor Yacoub Baradeus Convent in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
His Eminence Archbishop Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo. Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Severius Roger Akhrass, Patriarchal Vicar for Syriac Studies, and Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, were present in the Holy Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about Mor Yacoub Baradeus and his virtues as a great defender of faith and orthodoxy. He described the way Mor Yacoub fought against heresies and traveled to different places to support the faithful despite the persecutions against him. His Holiness explained also about the date of the celebration of Easter that it is not a matter of doctrines; rather it is a matter of adopting a corrected calendar in all our ecclesiastical feasts. He emphasized that this does not contradict the teachings of the church or any synodical decisions.
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness congratulated the sisters of Mor Yacoub Baradeus convent on the occasion of the Feast of their patron saint. He prayed the teshmeshto of the saints seeking the intercession of the Saint for the church and her children.