Syriac people celebrate feasts of Mor Jacob of Nisibis and Mor Malke in North and East Syria

ZALIN, Syria — On the feast of Mor Jacob of Nisibis, a recital was held under the patronage of Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Mor Maurice Amsih in Mor Jacob of Nisibis Church in Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria, by the choir of the Religious Education Center of the Syriac Orthodox Church Local Council.

In comments to Suroyo TV, Mor Maurice stated that Jacob of Nisibis Church took the blessing of the Mor Jacob of Nisibis and that several scholars, poets, writers, thinkers, prophets and saints, including Mor Aphrem the Syriac, came out of Nisibis.

Archbishop Amsih spoke about the life, works, sacrifices of Mor Jacob in the service of the Syriac Church, and the miracles he performed.

The archbishop presided over a Divine Liturgy, assisted by Father Aho Ibrahim, in the presence of a number of priests and a large gathering of believers.

On the same day, Archbishop Amsih celebrated the feast of Mor Malke in the village of Ghardouka in Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah), North and East Syria.

He was assisted by Chorepiscopus Samaan Issa, in the presence of Father Habib Issa, Father Saliba Abdullah, and Father Zakaria Masoud. The celebration was attended by a large group of believers.

The church in Ghardouka had been greatly damaged following terrorist attacks in 2013, but the fighters of the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulḥoyo Suryoyo, MFS) were able to liberate the village and the church. They reconstructed it to receive visitors and believers.