IRAQ: Restored mural re-consecrated in Mor Gorgis Church in Baghdeda

BAGHDEDA, Iraq — After restoring the mural of the Lord’s Baptism that dates back to the 13th century A.D., re-consecrating and inauguration ceremonies were held on Thursday, in the Mor Gorgis Church in Baghdeda.

The ceremony began by welcoming the attendees. Then, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, Kerkeslokh (Kirkuk) and Kurdistan Daoud Matti Sharaf delivered a speech, in which His holiness spoke about the murals, relics of saints and manuscripts in churches of Iraq.

His Holiness thanked all those in charge of restoring this precious mural.

After that, head of the Mesopotamia Charity Foundation Mary Ang and member of Nineveh Antiquities Directorate Rakan Faraj and several officials delivered their speeches.

A show about the restoration process was presented, and then the mural was inaugurated and re-consecrated.

The consecration was attended by Archbishop of Mor Matti’s Monastery and its Environs Timotheus Mousa al-Shamani, and the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul and Aqrah Mor Mikhail Najib, many priests, civil society organizations and a crowd of the faithful.

Hymns were performed by the Kanara Orchestra.