On December 21, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II hosted the annual Christmas Retreat for the Clergy in Damascus.
His Beatitude John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Beatitude Greek Catholic Patriarch Joseph Absi, and His Excellency Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, also participated in the retreat.
The Christian hierarchs, priests, monks, and nuns participated in the retreat which was held at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma.
The theme of this Christmas’ spiritual retreat was: “How do we live Christmas?”. The prayers and meditations included Hymns from Mor Aphrem, and Mor Jacob of Serugh.