Following you can read the Easter Message of His Beatitude Mar Ignatius Youssef III YOUNAN, Patriarch of Antioch for Syriac Catholic Church:
Nr. Prot.: 102/2017
To our brothers, Archbishops and Bishops, Fathers of our Holy Synod of Antioch,
To the Priests, Deacons, religious and consecrated men and women,
To all the faithful people in Lebanon, the Middle East and the Church of Extension
Peace and love in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ:
CHRIST’S Resurrection from the dead is the basis of our faith, the pillar of our hope and the aim of loving God and the neighbor.
THE Twelve as well thefirst Christian community had such a deep living experience in the Paschal Mystery, proven by the New Testament, and enhanced through the apostolic Tradition, that neither human knowledge nor spiritual experience could surpass. What they did understand looking and meditating at the Empty Tomb, was that the Risen Savior gave us a firm reassurance and a strong reason for our own resurrection.
Saint Paul did repeatedly say that: “…But because of this great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even we were dead in sins, it is by grace you have been saved, and God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heaven” (Ephesians 2: 4-6).
You well know, beloved brothers, sons and daughters, how much our Syriac Catholic Church is suffering because of the ongoing horrendous turmoil that hit Syria and Iraq for years. We, however, faithful flock of this martyr Church, are so proud to model ourselves to the One who suffered, died on the cross and rose from the tomb for our salvation. We mean it when recall the very words of our Savior to the disciples of Emmaus: “Was it not necessary that the Messiah should sufferthese things and enter into his glory?” (Luke 24: 26).
During this blessed Easter season, I promise to keep you all in my prayers and in the “Qurobo”, the Divine Liturgy of the Eucharist. To you, who live in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, The Holy Land, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, as well to the beloved communities living in Europe the Americas and Australia, I want to send through the media my best prayerful wishes. May our Risen Lord grant you all, His peace and joy, singing without ceasing: “Halleluia!”.
“Christ is risen… and he raised us with him”
Ignatius Youssef III YOUNAN
Patriarch of Antioch for Syriac Catholic Church