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Ordination of Deacons at Mor Gabriel Church, NJ

On Sunday November 28, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim celebrated Holy Qurbono at Mor Gabriel Church in Hackensack, New Jersey. During the Divine Liturgy His Eminence ordained the following individuals to the rank of Qorooya (Reader) Michael Akyon, Markos Akbulut, Lahdo Akbulut, Lukas Alpar and Emanuel Arik. He also elevated the following Qorooye to the rank of Aphodiakno (Sub-Deacon): Yuhanin Akbulut, Yusuf Alpar, Gabriel Akbulut, Matay Akbulut and Sewarios.

His Eminence was assisted by the parish priest Rev. Fr. Aziz Hadodo and the deacons of the Church. At the end of the awe inspiring service, His Eminence delivered a sermon on the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, the Mother of John the Baptist. He also addressed some instructions to the newly ordained deacons. He stressed the importance of taking their vocations very seriously and to continue to serve the altar of the Lord at all times. He concluded by congratulating the new deacons and their families.

At the end of the Holy Qurbono, breakfast was served by the families of the new deacons to all parishioners. We wish the new deacons a fruitful and blessed ministry in the vineyard of the Lord.

If you would like to see more photos of the Ordination of these Deacons please view the photos section.

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