(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.