DERIK, Syria – The Syriac community of the city of Derik inaugurated the Syriac Orthodox Mor Bassus and Mort Shushan Church in Hakimiye village, countryside of the city of Derik (Malikiyah) after the completion of its reconstruction. Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of the Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Church Maurice Amsih led the festive inauguration ceremony.
The inauguration of the church was attended by many Syriacs from the city of Derik and many of the priests of the diocese of the Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates.
Great to see progress in rebuilding Northeast Syria. This church was just inaugurated by the #Syriac Bishop with a packed congregation. This is what it looked like back in July 2019 when it was still under construction 👇 https://t.co/TFC8CgbKUa
— Doktora Amy Austin Holmes (@AmyAustinHolmes) October 31, 2020
In an interview with satellite TV station Suroyo TV, Archbishop Maurice Amsih said that there hab been a church here been for more than a 100 years, but much restoration was needed. Restoration started three years ago.
Archbishop Amsih thanked the Syriac security forces Sutoro for their protection and the effort they exert in protecting the region and its people. He also thanked everyone in the homeland and diaspora who donated to restore the Mor Bassus and Mort Shushan church.
Inauguration and consecration of #Syriac Orthodox Church of Mor Bosus and his sister Shushan in the village of Hakimiye, Derik in northern Syria by Syriac bishop of the Gozarto with the locals and under the security of our partner police force of #Sutoro. ܠܣܘܪ̈ܝܝܐ ܒܪܝܟܐ @OIRSpox pic.twitter.com/0cU5B8Km0p
— SyriacMilitaryMFS (@SyriacMFS) October 31, 2020