Church jubilee festivities of St. Peter's Jacobite
Syrian Orthodox Church in Salmaniya, Bahrain started
on 12 December 2003.
The Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox
Church and the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East,
His Holiness Moron Mor Ignatius Zakka I, was the
chief guest at the event.
The Patriarch celebrated the first Holy Mass at the
Indian School auditorium in Isa Town on 12 December
at 8.30 A.M.
The silver jubilee meeting and public reception to
His Holiness was also held at the same venue at 5:00 P.M
STRONG faith and belief in God only can remove hatred
and fear from people's hearts. The role of religion is
very important in the modern world of rapid change,
said His Holiness Moron Mor Ignatius Zakka I.
"What we need is a renewal, that is, devotion to God,
love toward fellow-beings, and respect of moral
values," he told a reception in his honor, organized
by the St Peter's Jacobite Syrian Church.
"We have to work together bravely for the renewal
and for a new and peaceful world devoid of enmity
The Patriarch said he was grateful to His Majesty
King Hamad, who has granted freedom to all people
to worship God according to their faith.
He urged his people to work hard for the progress
and prosperity of Bahrain.
"We are living in a world of chaos. Lack of love
and mutual trust are creating hatred and fear,
which can be removed only with strong faith and
belief in God," said the Patriarch.
Islamic Affairs Under-Secretary Shaikh Khalifa
bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who was the chief guest at
the reception ceremony at the Indian School
auditorium, stressed the need for people of
all faiths to work hand in hand to promote peace
"The happiness of mankind depends on realizing
and fulfilling the divine will and purpose,"
Shaikh Khalifa said the visit of the Patriarch
helped renew the common bond of brotherhood,
which unites Muslims and Christians.
"The divine revelations given through the
messengers of both religions help people attain
happiness and eternal salvation," he said.
His Holiness is accompanied by Patriarchal vicar
and first secretary the Most Rev Julios Kuriakose
and the Patriarchal vicar and second secretary
the Most Rev Elias Athanasius.
This is the second apostolic visit of the Patriarch
to the Kingdom. The first visit was in March 1989.
The second Holy Mass will be held at the St Peter's
Jacobite Syrian Church premises in Salmaniya at 7.30pm
on 14 December.
On a private audience with SAMAJAM delegation at
his place, H.H discussed their difficulties and
struggles they are facing to keep their faith and
reminded them about the early Christian communities
struggle which is described in the book of Acts.
H.H assured his prayers for them and their activities.
Photographs of the public reception given to H.H can
be viewed in SOCM photo gallery with MSN, Please visit
the following link.
More photographs will be uploaded as early as possible.