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Easter Celebrations in Syria Limited to Prayers… Heads of Christian Denominations Stress Adherence to National Unity

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – Easter celebrations of Christian denominations in Syria were limited to prayers at churches and places of worshiping marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the messenger of peace and amity.

A mass celebration was held at Roman Catholic Church in Damascus, headed by His Beatitude Gregory III Laham Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, assisted by bishops, priests and the Patriarchate choir.

In his sermon, Patriarch Laham elaborated on the sublime meanings of Easter celebration, adding that “despite the events taking place in the Arab countries, especially Palestine, Iraq, Libya and Syria, these countries will remain strong against all conspiracies thanks to their people .”

The Patriarch called upon the Syrian people to contribute towards building a better future that is based on cooperation and national unity, praying to God to aid Syria and grant it victory, under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad, over its enemies.

A requiem was held at the National Evangelical Church in Damascus, headed by Pastor Boutros Za’our.
Pastor Za’our condemned the criminal acts, bombings and assassinations committed against the Syrian citizens, stressing that these acts will not affect the determination of the Syrian people to protect their security and unity.

He prayed to God to preserve Syria’s security and stability, bless the martyrs, heal the injured and guide deceived people to the right path.

Chairing a holy requiem, Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Diocese of Damascus, Bishop Armash Nalbandian denounced all forms of foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, stressing that the Syrians are able to solve their problems by themselves.

Prayers and requiems were performed at churches and worshiping places throughout the Syrian governorates.
Heads of the Christian denominations stressed the need for adhering to national unity and standing together in the face of all conspiracies hatched against the homeland.

In Sednaya, a delegation from the Syrian community in Sweden participated in Easter mass in Ephraim Convent which was presided upon by Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Syriac Orthodox Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.
Patriarch Iwas affirmed that Syria will remain a caring mother for all its children, whether they live at home or abroad. He also called upon all Syrian expatriates to support their homeland in its time of need.

In turn, the delegation members stressed that the Syrian community in Sweden supports the homeland in the face of the conspiracy, voicing pride in Syria and its people who foiled the plot against the country through national unity and praying for peace and amity to prevail across Syria.

R. Raslan/ M. Nassr / H. Sabbagh – SANA – 8 April 2012

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