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 big cheers and applause for a successful performance.
The celebration was concluded by a delicious Lenten dinner prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary, and by H.E. accepting a Plaque of Appreciation from the church committee and well wishers’ felicitations on his namesake day.
The following morning, on Sunday, March 24th , His Eminence celebrated the Holy Qurobo( Divine Liturgy) at St. Aphraim’s Syriac Orthodox Church. He was assisted by Very Rev. Raban Fady Abdul Ahad, the parish priest, deacons and the choir. During the celebration His Eminence delivered a spiritual sermon on the Feast of Mor Aphraim, and the high rank he has in our Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.
After the Liturgy, a brunch was served in the church for all the parishioners.