Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Mor Maurice Amsih leads joyous Feast of Mor Quriyaqis in Kerkishamo village, emphasizes importance of preservation of homeland and Syriac language

KERKISHAMO, Syria — Under the guidance of Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Mor Maurice Amsih, the village of Kerkishamo, nestled in the countryside of Qabre Hewore, enthusiastically celebrated the annual feast of Mor Quriyaqis.

Marking the auspicious occasion, Archbishop Amsih presided over the festivities at the revered Mor Quriyaqis Church in Kerkishamo. During the event, community members spoke passionately about the significance of preserving their ancestral homeland, ensuring the well-being of future generations, and promoting the Syriac language to safeguard it from being lost.

The vibrant celebration, captured by Suroyo TV, included interviews with several villagers, highlighting the necessity of such festivities in affirming the enduring presence of the Syriac people in their native land.

Resident Hanna Danho emphasized the positive impact of active community participation, calling upon fellow community members to engage in and relish these celebrations.

Suhail Danho underscored the community’s commitment to engaging in religious ceremonies as a means of solidifying their connection to the land, fostering the use of the Syriac language, and preserving its rich heritage.

Suhail Danho further lauded the efforts of the village inhabitants in constructing new houses and structures to accommodate visitors and residents alike, while extending gratitude to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate for the appointment of Youhanna Aho as an anchorite of the church, bolstering the community’s spiritual endeavors.