On June 12th, 2010, the Annual Concelebrated Divine Liturgy of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the USA took place in St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, Teaneck, New Jersey. The Liturgy was celebrated this year according to the ancient rites of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, presided by H.E. Archbishop Abuna Zecharias, Primate of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Archdiocese of North- Eastern U.S.A. Participating in the Divine Liturgy also were the following Hierarchs: His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho of the Malankara Archdiocese of the…
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim celebrated the Holy Qurbono at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Southfield, MI. At the end of his sermon His Eminence invited the Rev. Fr. Edward Hanna, the parish priest of Sts. Peter and Paul and
bestowed upon him the pectoral holy Cross in appreciation of his faithful and dedicated service on behalf of our parish in Michigan.
His Eminence had approval from His Holiness the Patriarch four years ago to grant the Holy Cross to Fr. Edward Hanna, however, Fr. Edward
was not accepting the honor as a sign…
Mor Philoxenus Parish purchases a new property
Syriac Orthodox families lived in the Roanoke, Virginia’s greater area for more than four decades. They worshiped at local parishes, notably at St. Elias Maronite Church. With the grace of God and the faith and enthusiasm of these families, a parish was formally established in December of 2007. Accompanied by some clergy and faithful, I had the opportunity to travel to Roanoke and meet with our spiritual children there. We celebrated the Holy Qurbono according to the ancient tradition of our Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, at the local Maronite Church. The Liturgy was attended by some 70 members. At that visit we were able to set up a Board for the parish, and we made arrangements with Rev. Fr. Claude, of the Maronite church, to allow us to use the church once a month to gather our parishioners. Our priest of St. Aphrem Church in Washington D.C. continued to visit and celebrate the Liturgy. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to Fr. Claude and the parishioners of St. Elias Maronite Church, for their hospitality and support.
As the church continued to grow with new members joining, we advised the Board to start looking for a suitable property where we can set up a permanent home for the parish. Several buildings were inspected. Finally, we welcomed the suggestion of Mr. Shabo Karkenny and his brothers to purchase a building owned by them which can be converted to church facilities. The Karkenny Brothers made a generous offer to sell the building for much less than its market price. After agreeing to the proposal, the congregation started to use parts of the building before any formal actions were taken. For the last six months the congregation has been meeting at the building for Holy Qurbono, which increased from once a month to twice.
During our pastoral visit to the parish on the 28th and 29th of May, we officially signed the contract to purchase the building from the Karkenny Brothers. We hope to close on it in the next few weeks.
The building will allow us to set up a church with a capacity of 150 people, a social hall of equal capacity, three class rooms for Sunday School and a two bed room apartment for the clergy.
Mor Philoxenus parish is a small congregation of less than forty families; it is however very strong in faith and determination to have a beautiful church, and facilities to accommodate their spiritual needs. We are very impressed by their hard work and dedication. We, therefore, bless their efforts and pledge our assistance in any way possible to make their dream come true.
We appeal to all our parishioners and friends of our Archdiocese to kindly extend a helping hand to our parishioners in Roanoke, Virginia.
If you would like to see photos of this visit please view the photos section.
On Friday May the 28th His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim arrived in Roanoke Virginia for a two- day visit to the parish of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug. He was met at the airport by members of the parish who warmly welcomed him amongst them. On Saturday morning His Eminence celebrated the Holy Qurbono in the premises which will serve as the new home of St. Philoxenus parish. He was assisted by the parish priest, Very Rev. Fr. Fadi Abdulahad and Rev. Fr. Rami M’ammar, who is visiting from Saydnaya, Syria. The Divine Liturgy was served by the deacons and the choir…