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Opening Session of the Holy Synod of Antioch 2015

June,19 2015

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saidnaya. The Holy Synod was convened from 9 to 14 June 2015 to discuss some matters related to the church.

All Syriac Orthodox Archbishops participated in the opening session. A special chair was reserved for His Eminence Archbishop Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.

The Opening Session included a special prayer invoking the Holy Spirit to guide the Fathers in their decisions for the best interest of the Church and the faithful.

A special moment of prayer was observed in remembrance of the martyrs of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo.


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The Western Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the Syriac Orthodox community, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of 18 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, the Western Archdiocese was formed to exclusively serve the 17 states of the western half United States.

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