New Syriac Orthodox Church in San Bernardino, CA
- Under the auspices of His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Archbishop of the US Western Archdiocese, our zealous and enthusiastic faithful of San Bernardino County began to gather the Syriac people in the area to establish a community for the future church. And by their efforts on Sunday May 2nd , His Eminence celebrated the first Divine Liturgy, entitling the church name of "Mor Elias the Prophet" of San Bernardino County.
During the ceremony His Eminence gave thanks to God the Father who blessed the faithful community of San Bernardino to start the parish and also thanked all those who worked hard for their efforts in establishing the new church. His Eminence appointed Rev. Fr. John Saif to serve this community.
Many faithful of other churches shared the joyful blessed occasion of this grand opening of the new church: Rev. Fr. Mtanos Askar of St. Julian, High Desert, participated in the Divine Liturgy with the choir of his church, as well as many deacons and faithful of other churches.
The Western Archdiocesan Scout members participated in the spiritual occasion of the newly established parish of St. Elias with joyful Syriac rhythms that pleased the audience. God bless them and the Endeavor of their leaders.
Following the church ceremony, a light luncheon was held in celebration of this event at the hall of St. George Antiochian Orthodox church. Everyone enjoyed this blessed event and the celebration.