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Damascus Delegation Visit Sister Churches

A select delegation representing the Assyrian Church of the East in Damascus, Syria have visited His Grace Bishop Jean Qawaq, Vicar of the Patriarchal Residence of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Damascus and His Grace Bishop Samir Nassar of the Maronite Catholic Church in Damascus.

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Damascus Christmas Concert Draws Faithful

St. George Parish, Damascus has held a concert to entertain the children of the local community on the occasion of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas concert was held on 27 December 2011 at the hall of the Ibrahim Al-Khalil Monastery in Jaramana, Damascus. It included a drama telling the story of the birth of our Lord, as well as games and activities, carols and the distribution of gifts to 225 children by Santa Claus. Clergy attendees included Archdeacon Toma Oraham, parish priest Rev. Toma Asitivo along with many deacons, church and ACERO committee members, and many faithful. Hymns and prayers were directed towards increasing happiness among the parishioners, seeing as many are immigrants who fled their homeland and are awaiting refugee acceptance by western countries that are willing to offer them a safe home. Thanks were also offered to His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch, along with His Grace Mar Aprim Nathniel, Bishop of Syria, for their continual follow-up and care for the community in Damascus. Further thanks were offered to all the brothers and sisters around the world who continually donate towards the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) and …

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H.B. Mar Gewargis Sliwa Metropolitan and Russian Orthodox Metropolitan H.E. Hilarion of Volokolamsk Meet in Moscow

His Beatitude Mar Gewargis Sliwa, Metropolitan of Baghdad and Iraq, has met Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, while on a sojourn to the Russian capital.

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Sydney Lights Up with Carols by Candlelight

St. Hurmizd Parish in Sydney held their annual Carols by Candlelight and Christmas drama, much to the joy of a large congregation. The events, on 18 December, were organised in two segments; the first segment included the performance of church hymns and songs and the second segment followed on with a presentation of the nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The night was attended by Reverend Chor-Bishop Ashoor Lazar, St. Hurmizd Cathedral parish priest, along with Reverend Moshe Barkho and many deacons. The hymns performed at Carols by Candlelight was organised and composed by Shoora (Alexander) Michalian, conductor of St. Hurmizd Cathedral choir, and performed by the church choir. [nggallery id=334]

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