His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Delivers Lecture to Youth
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim delivered a lecture on the Syriac Heritage of the Church of Antioch on Sunday, October 16th at St. Mark’s Cathedral to an eager audience comprised mostly of youth of the Archdiocese. Young adults came from all the New Jersey and New York parishes to hear His Eminence speak on this topic.
His Eminence began by covering the early history and establishment of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, highlighting its very clear Apostolic Line of Succession from the time of the founding of the Church by St. Peter to the present day. He also spoke about the doctrine of the Syriac Orthodox Church and its role in the Councils of Nicea, Constantinople and Ephesus. The Archbishop continued by explaining the cause of the divisions that occurred within the Orthodox Churches and also within the Syriac Orthodox Church itself, after the Council of Chalcedon. He claimed the survival of our church as being, no less than a miracle, considering the persecution and hardships faced over time, surviving against all odds, yet remaining steadfast in its belief and Christian faith.
During the latter part of the lecture, His Eminence spoke about the present day church under its Spiritual Head, our beloved Patriarch, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. He also spoke about the diaspora and the new challenges facing our Holy Church worldwide during these modern times.
During the Q & A session His Eminence was happy to listen to the youth and answers questions asked. Those in attendance appreciated the opportunity to hear the Archbishop and converse with him afterwards.
Clergy members in attendance included His Eminence Archbishop Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Office Director, Very Rev. Fr. Chamoun Asmar, Pastor of St. Barsawmo Parish, Rev. Fr. Aziz Hadodo, Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish and Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, Pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral.
As a result of the success of this lecture, the St. Mark’s Youth Group, sponsors of the event have committed to promoting more educational and spiritual lectures and gatherings as part of future Youth Activities and Programming.