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The Great Lent (Sawmo Rabo) Sunday, March 1 - Sunday, April 20, 2014

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2013 Great Lent Patriarchal Encyclical – Charity

“Prayer is good with fasting and charity and almsgiving is better than storing gold…for charity and almsgiving delivers from death and it will purge away every sin. Those who practice it will have fullness of life” (Tobias 12: 8-9).

We extend our apostolic benediction, benevolent prayers and greetings to our brethren, His Beatitude Mor Baselius Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences the Metropolitans; our spiritual children the reverend vicars, priests, monks, nuns, deacons and deaconesses, and our blessed Syrian Orthodox people all over the world. May the divine providence embrace them through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of…

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Lincoln Student Organizes Benefit for Syrian Orphanages

Archbishop Cyril Aphrem Karim Draws Attention To the Vocation of the Priesthood on All Priests Day

On Sunday, March the 3rd, All Priest Day, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim celebrated the Holy Liturgy at St. Mark’s Cathedral and in a moving sermon, drew attention to the departed clergy who served this Archdiocese and our churches throughout the world saying, “these were not ordinary men.” The Archbishop elaborated on the vocation of the priesthood and said, “We, members the clergy, did not choose this service as a profession for self-serving purposes, fame or glory but rather as a response to a calling from God. The Archbishop continued, “There are great demands made on the clergy and we are…

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The Archdiocesan Executive Council Holds Its Semi-Annual Meeting

The Archdiocesan Executive Council held its all day semi-annual meeting on Saturday March 2nd at the Upper Hall of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese. At the opening of the morning session, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim led the traditional morning prayers and asked all present to participate in the recitation and hymn singing of the service. Clergy members present included Very Rev. Fr. Gabriel Adde, Rev. Fr. Aziz Hadodo, Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, Rev. Fr. Alan Shaltan and Rev. Fr. George Somi. Also included were representatives from eight parishes, membership of the Archdiocesan Council and…

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Very Rev. Fr. Shamoun Asmar Honored with Mor Ignatius Nurono Patriarchal Medal

His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, at the highlight of a dinner banquet honoring Very Rev. Fr. Shamoun Asmar, called on the Corepescopos and proceeded to ask all guest to rise as he read a resolution issue by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, which decreed that Fr. Asmar is the recipient of the Ignatius Nurono Medal, the highest recognition award bestowed by His Holiness and the Church. His Eminence assisted by Archbishop Gregorious Saliba Shamoun, of Mosul Iraq, proudly said, “This comes as a result of Fr. Asmar’s sixty years of dedicated and…

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Dr. Kathleen McVay of Princeton University And students Visit St. Mark’s Cathedral

Dr. Kathleen McVay, professor of Syriac Studies at Princeton University, along with ten of her students focusing on Syriac Studies attended the Holy Liturgy on Sunday March 17 at St. Mark’s Cathedral. His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim was the celebrant assisted by Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun and Rev. Fr. Eli Shabo.

Dr. McVay, a faculty member at Princeton University and a renowned Syriac Scholar, on several occasions, afforded her students the opportunity to experience, first hand, our Syriac Orthodox Church in terms of liturgical service, hymns, theology and history. His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim accredited Dr. McVay for her concerted efforts in providing…

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Celebrating St. Ephrem’s Day in Washington D.C.

On Staurday, March 23rd 2013, His Eminence, Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim paid a pastoral visit to St. Aphraim’s Church in Washington D.C. area, upon an invitation by the parish to celebrate Mor Ephrem the Syrian Day, the Patron Saint of the Church.

The celebration started with Evening Prayers, followed by a lecture delivered by our beloved Archbishop on St. Ephrem and his great influence on Syriac Church Hymns and Choirs, and especially his professionalism and huge talent in defeating the enemies of the Church, and his teachings on fasting. After the lecture a recital was performed by the Church Choir, which received…

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