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Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch
 Archdiocese of the Western United States





Life of Jesus







A Statement Issued by the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East

March,18 2016

By the Grace of God
Ignatius Aphrem II
Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Supreme Head of the Uni sal Syrian Orthodox Church

Apostolic Benediction to our beloved brother Metropolitans, Members of the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

We are glad to announce the launching of the Suryoyo Young Couples Encounter (SYCE) which is a meeting of the young Syriac couples from throughout the world. It will be held in Lebanon from September 9 to September 11, 2016.

The theme of this first gathering is inspired by St. Paul's words: "Love never fails" (I Corinthians 13: 8). We chose this verse because it addresses an essential aspect of love that is at the heart of a happy married life. Furthermore, it is a topic we find useful for young couples to reflect upon. The meetings will have special prayer time and the participating couples will have the opportunity to explore the challenges that they are facing.

We hope that the discussion panels will help the participants to better understand what a Christian family is. Various lectures and discussion panels are organized to allow the young couples to share their own ideas, concerns and aspirations.

We kindly ask you to advertise this event and encourage young couples, who have been married for 10 years or less, to enroll in this year's gathering in Lebanon, through visiting the special website for the meeting: www.sy-ce.org.

We look forward to meeting young couples from your Archdiocese. May the grace of our Lord be with you all ܐܒܘܢ ܕܒܫܡܝܐ ܘܫܪܟܐ..


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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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