On the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the consecration of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV as Catholicos-Patriarch, the Assyrian Youth Association of the Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon organized a graduation ceremony honouring Assyrian students having successfully undertaken secondary and university level studies.
The ceremony, held on 20 October 2013 and held at Mar Guiwargis Cathedral in the Beirut suburb of Sed el-Bouchriyeh commenced with Assyrian and Arabic hymns. Following this Rev’d Fr Yatron Koliana delivered an address highlighting the importance of the occasion and the immense importance of the active participation of young faithful in the life of the Holy Church.
Addressing the attendees, Rev’d Fr Georges Youkhanna, Parish Priest of Mar Guiwargis Cathedral emphasised the significant role of the youth in the church and the importance of renewing spirituality in the lives of the young faithful.
Speaking next on behalf of the graduates being honoured at the event was Ms Carla Simonian who noted that the graduates were specifically honouring the memory of the renowned Assyrian journalist, nationalist and martyr Professor Ashur Yusef due to his significance as a champion of education as a means of national advancement of the Assyrian people.
Assyrian youth leader Mr Ninos Aude then spoke in the name of the Assyrian Youth Association highlighting the importance of knowledge and education as the only effective weapon in the search for success and advancement.
The Mar Guiwarguis Cathedral choir and the children of the Assyrian Youth Association also participated in the event by singing two hymns on the occasion.
At the conclusion of the event, souvenirs and diplomas were presented to the students.
In addition to the mentioned parish priests, Rev’d Fr Sapar Khamis and Rev’d Fr Youkhana Youssep were also present.
Along with Mar Guiwargis Cathedral in Sed el-Bouchriyeh the other churches of the Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon are Mar Zaya Church in Zahle Ksara, Rabban Pethyo Church in Hadath and Mar Khnanya Church in Ashrafieh.