On September 11, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Mor Aphrem Monastery, Maarat Saydnaya ,on the occasion of the Suryoyo Youth General Gathering – Syria 2022.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Gregorius Joseph, Metropolitan Trustee of our church in India and Metropolitan of Cochin, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, assisted His Holiness in the Qurobo.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Mor Boutros Kassis, Archbishop of Aleppo and Environs, and Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, as well as the monks, priests, seminarians, deacons, and all the youth participating in the gathering attended the Holy Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about repentance which is the focal point of the Christian’s life. He pointed out that our Lord Jesus Christ walked with sinners and was near those who were not accepted by the religious leaders to preach to them about the kingdom of God and to call them to come near God and return to Him. He added that the interpretation of the Pharisees rendered the law as a burden on the faithful which became slavery instead of liberation. They were always surprised at the Lord Jesus because He sat with the tax collectors and sinners. However, we learn from Chrisr that humility is the fruit of love. His Holiness warned the youth from falling into the sin of condemnation of others based on appearances, falling into the sin of pride and the feeling of self-righteousness. At the end of his sermon, His Holiness addressed the youth to answer the call of the Lord to holiness through repentance; this will be revealed by the good deeds which people will see and give praise to the Lord Who is pleased by our salvation.