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Christian denominations in Syria, who follow the Western calendar, celebrated Easter, with celebrations limited to prayers and masses due to the circumstances in Syria and in honor of martyrs.
Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All East Gregory III Laham affirmed during the sermon that Christians of the East are unified despite the suffering visited on them by terrorists, adding that they are determined not leave their homeland.
Meanwhile in the Armenian Orthodox Archdiocese, Primate of the Armenian Church of Damascus Bishop Armash Nalbandian urged in his Easter sermon the Syrians to pray to God “to bless our beloved homeland with peace, brotherhood and prosperity.”
The heads of Christian churches implored God to bless their homeland with security and safety and to bring to an end the suffering of the Syrians at the hands of terrorists, stressing that co-existence that distinguishes the Syrian people will enable them to achieve victory over their enemies.
They also hailed the unbreakable bonds binding the Syrians, pointing out that Syria will remain the homeland of love and peace.
On his sermon after the mass, Syriac Catholic Archbishop Kawak prayed to God to protect Syria and its Army and to achieve victory against terrorism.