ZALIN, Syria — On the Friday that follows Easter Sunday every year, Syriac Orthodox churches celebrate the feast of Saint Febronia of Nisbis, whose reliquary tomb is located in the village of Hemo in the countryside of Zalin (Qamishli) in North and East Syria.
Following the ceremonies, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Mor Maurice Amsih told SuroyoTV that, “Today we celebrate the martyrdom of Saint Febronia who was martyred in this region for maintaining her Christian faith after her torture.”
“Religious holidays abound during the Easter period,” said Archbishop Amsih, “and these holidays are linked to the resurrection of Christ, who said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live.’”
Archbishop Amsih concluded by saying, “Today we ask for the intercession of Saint Febronia to be with us and our children and for stability and peace over our churches, Gozarto Region, and our historical land Beth Nahrin.”