Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II makes historic visit to Holy Land after 60 years

JERUSALEM — Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II made a historic visit to the Holy Land, accompanied by several archbishops and priests, on 4 May, marking his first visit to the region in 60 years.

The Patriarch was welcomed in a grand procession at the Patriarchal Monastery of St. Mark in Jerusalem, where he was greeted by monks, priests, and deacons. He led a prayer of Virgin Mary and the saints and blessed the gathered believers.

Later, he visited the Khalil Gate and was received by representatives of Christian Churches from the Holy Land, as well as the Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem, Jordan, and the Holy Land, Archbishop Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, who delivered a speech welcoming the Patriarch and his delegation.

The Archbishop highlighted the significance of the Patriarch’s visit to Jerusalem, calling it a historic occasion.

The Patriarch then visited the Church of the Resurrection, where he offered prayers at the tomb of Christ. He also visited the Church of Saints Nicodemus and Joseph, where he led prayers and blessed the gathered believers.