ZALIN, Syria — Under the patronage of Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Mor Maurice Amsih, with the participation of a number of priests and in the presence of a large crowd of believers, a number of deacons from different churches were ordained in the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria.
In comments to Suroyo TV, Archbishop Amsih said that the Church witnessed a spiritual wedding with the ordination of 86 deacons, subdeacons, and readers. They are the Church’s hope and future, he said.
Archbishop Amsih added that they will become monks, priests, or archbishops to serve the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people everywhere.
He praised the large attendance at the ordination, noting that the ordained deacons serve in the Church of the Virgin Mary, Church of Mar Ephrem, Church of Mar Yaqoub al-Nusibini, and Church of Mar Kyriakis.
The ordination ceremony was the first in six years, when 120 deacons were ordained, said the Archbishop.
He extended his warmest congratulations to the ordained deacons and their families, inviting the faithful to take care of the Church and serve it with a larger number of deacons. He also thanked the Church institutions that have trained and educated the deacons.
Archbishop Amsih singled out the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) media, including Suroyo TV, by thanking them for their role in conveying the voice of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, their actions, and their activities to the whole world.