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His Eminence Visits the Chicago Area

At the invitation of St. Afrem Church in Chicago, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim visited the area from January the 15th till the 17th. The visit started with a meeting with the priest of St. Afrem, Rev. Fr. Sharbel Bcheiry and the Board of the Church. His Eminence was given a report about the activities of the parish and its future plans. In return, he congratulated them on their achievements during the short history of the parish, which was established 18 months ago. He also gave them his fatherly advice and offered to help them in any way possible.

On the morning of Sunday January the 16th His Eminence attended the Holy Qurbono (Divine Liturgy) at St. John the Baptist Church in Villa Park. The Liturgy was celebrated by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Yacoub Youhanoun. During the Holy Qurbono His Eminence delivered a sermon on the Feast of Epiphany and its implications on our daily life. He concluded by wishing all a Happy and healthy New Year. Following the Liturgy, His Eminence spent some time with the parishioners in the Church hall.

In the afternoon of Sunday the 16th, His Eminence celebrated The Holy Qurbono with St. Aphrem’s parishioners. During the Holy Qurbono, His Eminence ordained seven young men to the rank of Qoruyo (Reader) and elevated a Qoruyo to the rank of Aphodyakno (Sub-Deacon).

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