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Please keep the two abducted Archbishops
in your prayers as the Mother Church does

Both Archbishops were abducted
on Monday April 22, 2013

Syriac Orthodox Church News:

February,5 2016
An ancient underground church, built into the rocks, has been uncovered in Turkey’s Cappadocia region during excavation work on Nevsehir Castle. But another ancient church was damaged in an attack in south-eastern Turkey.

Derinkuyu underground city in Cappadocia, Turkey
The discovery of this church in Nevsehir, in conjunction with the discoveries of many other cave churc...More

February,2 2016
Yaklaşık 1750 yıllık olan Sur Meryem Ana Kilisesi, geçmişte yaşadığı yangınlara, zoraki boşaltmalara, baskılara rağmen Sur'da sokağa çıkma yasağının 59. gününde yine bomboş ve ruhanisiz kaldı. Viraneye dönmüş kilise sokakları gibi şimdi; Süryani halkının yüreği.

Almanya’da yaşayan Abut Can isimli değerli Süryani aydının sosyal medyada kamuoyunu bilgilendirmesi sonucu hemen hepimiz bu olayı öğrendik. Bir zamanlar ...More

January,31 2016
Born: 1932
Died: January 29, 2016, California

With submission to the will of God, with great sorrow, we announce passing away of faithful Emilene Toro, on Friday January 29, 2016 in California.

The Late Emilene’s:
Parents: George and Mariam Toro
Husband: Saliba Toro
Children: Rizkalla, J...More

January,29 2016
The grand mufti of Syria says the two bishops kidnapped in Syria by foreign-backed militants were in Turkey, according to a member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society.

After meeting with Syria's Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun in Moscow, Elena Agapova, the deputy chairwoman of the society, quoted him as saying, "The two bishops Paul Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim are alive and are in Turkish territory," accord...More

January,29 2016
Be willing to let your schedule be altered if knowing God better requires it.
How can you know God better? Read his word, pray, listen for his voice, worship him. Notice that all of these things require time. In fact, improving any relationship with other people or with God requires time.

However, far too many people find themselves too busy to spend any time getting to know God better. They've f...More

January,28 2016
Our Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Maryam Ana), in Diyarbakir - Turkey, has been attacked today by some of the mob, the wall of the Church was hit with explosives, our dear priest father Yusuf Akbulut with his wife were threatened in their home in the court of the church, however, they could escape miraculously after hours, from this fierce war and barbaric attack, and are now safely b...More

January,27 2016

قام نيافة الحبر الجليل مار إقليميس أوكين بالإحتفال بالقداس الإلهي في كنيسة القديس مار أنطونيوس في مدينة بيكرسفيلد بعيد شفيعها مار أنطونيوس المصادف 17 كانون الثاني لهذا العام، عاونه الأب القس أفرام عدا ومجموعة من الشمامسة كما وخدمته جوقة المرتلات. وقد غمرَت الفرحة وعمَّت مظاهر السرور في أجواء الكنسية، وحضر هذا القداس جمهورٌ غفيرٌ من المؤمنين وك...More

January,25 2016
Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch News:

Following the directions of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of Western USA, celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Ephraim Church in Rhode Island. He was assisted by their Eminences Mor Athanasius Elia Bahi, Patriarchal Vicar in Canada, and Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarch...More

January,20 2016
With submission to the will of God, with great sorrow, we announce passing away of faithful Mihail Tasci, on Sunday January 17, 2016 in La Crescenta, California. He is the father of Selva Arat, and the uncle of Fahmi, Davud, and Aydin Tasci.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am. on Friday January 22, 2016, at St. Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Cathedral.
St. Ephraim Cathedral
900 N. Glenoa...More

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The Western Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, providing Syriac news, spiritual guidance and leadership to the Syriac Orthodox community, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of 25 churches and parishes in 17 western states. It was established in 1952 as the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church encompassing the entire United States and Canada. In November 1995 by the Holy Synod of Antioch, the Western Archdiocese was formed to exclusively serve the 17 states of the western half United States.

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