The annual Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch started

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(Photo from the Holy Synod of 2010)

10 September 2013.
The annual Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch started at Atchane, Lebanon, under the chairmanship of His Holiness the Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas. Around 25 Metropolitans are participated in the morning session. More Bishops will be arriving by tomorrow.

The Holy Synod began at 9.30 am with special prayers by Holy Father Patriarch appealing the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church and the glorification of the Almighty. Thereafter spiritual hymns were sung marking the beginning of the Synod.

Metropolitans Their Eminences Yeldho Mor Theethos and Mathews Mor Thimotheos Karimpanackal from Malankara attending the Holy Synod.

The Secretary of the Holy Synod presented the prepared agenda which was approved by all members after adding few subjects to be discussed during session.

About SOCMNet

SOCMNet is an internet platform of Malankara Jacobite Syriac Christians (Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church - under the Holy See of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.). According to tradition, Christianity in India was established by St. Thomas, who arrived in Malankara (Kerala) from Edessa in A.D. 52. The Church in Malankara has had close ties with the Church in the Near East ever since. The ties between the Church in Malankara and the Near East formalized and strengthen by, when under the leadership of the merchant Thomas of Cana and 72 families (around 400 odd persons comprising men, women and children, reached Cragananore (Kodungalloore). The group consisted of the Bishop Mor Joseph of Edessa as well as some priests and deacons traveled and migrated to India and met Christians there by AD 345. The church in Malankara is an integral part of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church with the Patriarch of Antioch [His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas] as its supreme head. The local head of the church in Malankara is the Catholicose of India [His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I], ordained by and accountable to the Patriarch of Antioch. The web sites in the SOCMNet are not official web sites of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Malankara, even though the Owners, Moderators and Webmasters owe allegiance to the hierarchy of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. However, opinions and responses of the Church leadership are posted here.
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