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Consecration of St. Paul the Apostle Church in San Diego

October,11 2017

On Sunday October 08, 2017 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II has arrived San Diego city to consecrate St. Paul the Apostle church in San Diego, CA.

At 5 pm. His Holiness assisted by His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Western USA and His Eminence Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar of Zahleh and Beqaa, started to consecrate the St. Paul church, in the presence of the clergy and parishioners of local churches.

In the end of the consecration, in his sermon, His Holiness expressed his happiness to gather again with his spiritual children in the Western USA Vicariate, especially for the consecration of the new church which is the House of God. His Holiness explained that the consecration of this house of worship is what makes it a holy place where the faithful can gather in the name of the Lord, praise Him and offer the Holy Qurobo, which is the Sacrament of Sacraments.

His Holiness then celebrated the Holy Qurobo in the newly consecrated church, assisted by the mentioned archbishops.

The dinner followed the ceremony.


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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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