Damascus, On occasion of the New Year, a mass was held in Mariamite Cathedral of Damascus in Bab Touma, presided upon by Patriarch John X Yazigi, Bishop of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All East.
Patriarch Yazigi delivered a sermon after the mass, during which he stressed the importance of learning the noble meanings of Jesus Christ’s birth, referring that starting the new year with prayers comes as a translation of hopefulness that is planted within us by God, saying “As Christians, since the early history, we have been adhered to face all life difficulties, epidemics and wars”.
Yaziji added that we pray for Syria’s peace and territorial integrity , for alleviating the impacts of destruction, in all its domains, in this country ,and we pray for Syria to return as it was, safe and peaceful.
The Patriarch called on the International Community to immediately lift the economic measures and blockade against Syria,and also called upon Western states to end their terrorist war on our country.
Source: Syrian Arab News Agency