In a show of Christian unity, the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East’s St George Parish in Damascus has communed with the local Melkite Greek Catholic Church to celebrate Holy Eucharist.
The Holy Eucharist was offered by Archbishop Joseph Absi, Patriarchal Vicar in Damascus, on 19 December, the same day that Syria’s non-Christian majority participated in Eid Abraham.
St George Parish priest Reverend Toma Asitev guided the service, in which deacons and choir members also took part.
Anonymous faithful that were present said: “The atmosphere of the Church, having everyone gather for the praising and glorification of our Lord as it nears to the celebration of His birth, is an awesome feeling!”
The parishioners were also thankful for the aid made available by the not-for-profit Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization (ACERO) throughout the years, and gave further thanks to the church for reaching all their needs.
“This communing is a good indication of peace and love between all Christians. We especially thank His Grace Mar Aprem Nathniel, Bishop of Syria, for his support and blessings as a caring and spiritual father,” added some clergy and parishioners.[nggallery id=130]