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Deacons Ordination at St. Elias the Prophet Church, Upland, CA

November,7 2016

On the Renewal of the Church Sunday November 06, 2016, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, paid pastoral visit to St. Elias the Prophet congregation in Upland, CA. and celebrated the Divine Liturgy, assisted by the church priest Rev. Fr. John Saif and very Rev. Fr. Abdullah Sattah.

During the Divine Liturgy his Eminence has ordained thirteen deacons to serve the altar: eleven Readers, two Sub-deacons, and in his sermon the Archbishop encouraged the faithful in Arabic and English to hold firmly of their faith and renew themselves spiritually every Sunday and when is needed by confession and having communion, not to be separated from God by committing sin …, and then the Archbishop directed his word to the new ordained deacons to serve the altar of the Lord with purity and holiness as they had promised and not to be delayed of attending the Divine Liturgy when is needed, and...

Following to the Divine Liturgy, the parish council of the church invited His Eminence to the generous meal discussing church matters.


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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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