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30th Enthronement anniversary celebrations of
His Holiness The Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas


Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas,
the 122nd successor to St. Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch.

Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the 122nd successor to St. Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch, completes 30 years in the Patriarchal See on September 14, 2010. The Universal Syrian Church with its flocks spread over many nations, celebrates this unique historic occasion with great fervor and enthusiasm. HH is one of the very few primates of the Syrian Church who have been in the Patriarchal office for an entire quarter of a century. As a true Shepherd, His Holiness has led the Holy Church to greater glories in these years of his Patriarchal See.

Patriarchal Enthronement

On September 14, 1980, Mor Severios was installed as the 122nd Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, by name IGNATIUS ZAKKA I, in a rite officiated by the late lamented Catholicos of the East Aboon Mor Baselios Paulose II, along with the archbishops of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. It was for the first time in the history of the Universal Syrian Church that the chief celebrant for the Patriarchal enthronement was an Indian.

Catholicos of the East H. B. Mor Baselios Paulose II heading the Enthronement ceremony of
His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas as the 122nd Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
 at the Patriarchal Cathedral, Damascus, on 14th September 1980.

(Source: SOCMnet)

Program Schedule:

Venue: Monastery of St. Ephraim in Ma'arat Saydnaya, Damascus.

13 September 2010; Monday, 7:00 pm: Performance by St. Ephrem Syriac Choir, followed by Syriac Orthodox Scout March to Salute HH, Fireworks.

14 September 2010; Tuesday - 10:00 am: Holy Qurbono - Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Enthronement day of HH the Patriarch - felicitations.

14 September 2010 - Tuesday - 6:00 pm - Consecration of the new guest house building - Saint Ignatius Patriarchal center and also the consecration of the associated chapel devoted to Saint Ignatius of Antioch.

15 - 19 September 2010: Holy Synod

19 September 2010 Sunday - 10:00 am: Consecration of Holy Mooron (Chrism).

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