St Qardagh’s Parish in Baghdad has held a graduation ceremony for students that completed a three-month course of Christian education and the Assyrian language over the summer.
The ceremony commenced with the offering of the Holy Eucharist by the parish priest, Reverend Shmoel Antiel.
Thanksgiving and praise were lifted to the Lord for His everlasting love and grace towards our weak nature.
The faithful especially thanked the Lord for the return of these educational activities, which were cancelled for so many years due to the state of Iraq following war and civil unrest.
At the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist, Rev. Shmoel awarded certificates, books and toys to the graduating students, which were generously donated by him as gifts for the faithful children.
Accompanying Rev. Shmoel during the ceremony was Rev. Yoshia of St Odisho’s Parish, Baghdad.
“Granting the opportunity for children to spend memorable times and seeing smiles on their lips is priceless,” said a faithful at the event.[nggallery id=89]