AMUDA, Syria — On 20 July, the Christian people of North and East Syria celebrate the feast of Mor Elias (St. Elijah the Prophet) who appeared in the early 10th century during the reign of King Ahab of Israel.
The Christian people celebrated the feast of Mor Elias in the St. Elias Church in Amuda, North and East Syria.
The celebration was attended by Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Mor Maurice Amsih, several clergymen, a delegation from the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria, and a large gathering of believers. People from all ethnic groups of Gozarto Region, including from Zalin (Qamishli), Hasakah, and other areas, participated in the event.
Hymns and songs were performed by the Scout Troupe, and candles were lit in the church.
In comments to Suroyo TV, Archbishop Mor Maurice spoke about the feast and history of St. Elias church.
“The church was built in 1928,” he said. “Since then, we celebrate the feast of St. Elias in this church, which was recently restored.” The archbishop stated that a Divine Liturgy was held for bringing peace to the region and protecting all people in Syria on the occasion.