His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was enthroned as the Patriarch of Antioch and All East on Thursday 29-May-2015 at at Saint Peter’s and Paul Cathedral attached to Mar Ephrem Monastery in Saydnaya, just outside Damascus. H.B Baselious Thomas I Catholicose (Maphrian) of the East, led the services.
In addition to the various Syriac Orthodox bishops and delegations from the Coptic Church; Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East H.B John X Yazigi and Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Eddin Hassoun also attended the ceremony.
The Government of Syria was represented by Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Azzam, Ministers of States Nazira Sarkis, Joseph Sweid and Jamal Shahin.
1. The following video shows the highlights of the ceremony.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTrbTxP3OGU
2. In the following video, you can listen the Patriarch reading the 'amologia' (ܐܡܘܠܘܓܝܐ). In this declaration of faith, His Holiness declares the loyalty to the Faith of the Church (Christology, Trinity, decisions of three ecumenical councils) before God and His Angels, and before the Maphrian and the whole Church. Then His Holiness signs the “amologia” which was written with his own hand. This document remains in the archive of the Patriarchate for future generations, such as those of his predecessors.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=640683892691708
During the enthronement service H.H Aphrem II used the Episcopal Staff of Patriarch Elias III, the Eskimo of Patriarch Aphrem I, the Staff of Office of Patriarch Jacob III, the Pectoral Cross and Icons of Patriarch Zakka I.
Catholicse (Maphrian) H.B Thomas I from the enthronement service
With the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.