On August 15, 2022, on the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at the Lady of the Girdle (Zunoro) Cathedral in Homs.
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates and Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus Armash Nalbandian.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education and Patriarchal Delegate of Jerusalem, Jordan, and the Holy Lands, Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya, Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Archbishops from other churches, also attended the Holy Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the assumption of the Virgin Mary and the tradition of the church. He explained that the Virgin Mary passed away like all people and that our Lord Jesus Christ sent the angels to take her body and soul to the heaven. He also explained the doctrine of the church about the assumption of the Virgin Mary.