Spiritual Retreat for Archbishops – For them I sanctify myself

On April 4, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a spiritual retreat entitled “for them, I sanctify myself”, for the Archbishops of the Archdioceses in Syria, at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.At the beginning of the retreat, His Holiness welcomed their Eminences, and spoke about the period of the great lent which is an oppo to strengthen the spiritual life and return to one’s self meditating the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He pointed out that there is a great need to follow Christ and His teachings while we are witnessing to Him in this world. After announcing the program of the retreat, His Holiness spoke about the major challenges that face our church in the East, especially the economic difficulties which result in poverty and migration. His Holiness prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide the fathers who are meeting in this retreat, for the glory of God and the edification of the church. The spiritual retreat was attended by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Mor Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Assistant and Patriarchal Delegate of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, and Mor Cyril Babi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal.Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya, Mor Severus Roger Akhrass, Patriarchal Vicar for Syriac Studies, and Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, also participated in the retreat.

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