Archbishop Aphrem Karim Participates in the installation ceremony of the new Archbishop of Germany
On Sunday, December 9th His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the east, presided over the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) at the monastery of Mor Yacoub of Sarugh in Warburg, Germany. His Holiness was assisted by several archbishops from different parts of the world and served by the clergy, deacons and choirs of Germany. Also in attendance were representatives from sister Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches.
During the Holy Qurobo His Eminence Archbishop Mor Philoxenus Matthias Nayis, former patriarchal assistant, was installed as the new archbishop for the archdiocese, patriarchal vicariate of Germany. While seated on his episcopal throne, His Eminence read the Gospel of the Good Shepherd. Afterwards the patriarchal decree of appointment (Sustathicon) which contains the duties and privileges of the new archbishop, as well as the obligation of the archdiocese towards him, was read. Archbishop Nayis then delivered a speech in which he thanked God for His blessings and His Holiness the Patriarch for allowing him to serve as a secretary and a patriarchal assistant for many years. Archbishop Nayis also thanked all the archbishops, members of the of the Holy Synod, especially those who attended the event. He also expressed his gratitude to all members of the clergy and church councils of Germany offering to work with them all for the advancement and prosperity of the Archdioceses.
His Eminence Archbishop Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, in charge of the ecumenical and governmental affairs in Germany, spoke on behalf of the Archdiocese calling upon all to obey and work hand in hand with the new Archbishop. He thanked all the dignitaries and guests who attended this event.
Following the conclusion of the Qurobo everyone was invited to a dinner reception organized by the Archdiocesan council of Germany at a local banquet hall.