Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches to Hold Common Prayer Service

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Public Invited to Gathering on Evening of Thursday, April 21, in Haworth, N.J.                         

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America (SCOOCH) are pleased to announce that a “Common Prayer Service” will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 21, 2016, at St. Gabriel Syriac Orthodox Church (750 Sunset Avenue) in Haworth, N.J.  The service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This service is meant to bring people together as they pray for the safety of two Syrian hierarchs held in captivity—Syriac Orthodox Archbishop John Ibrahim, and Antiochian (Greek) Orthodox Metropolitan Paul Yazigi—and for all suffering calamities in the Middle East. This gesture of solidarity between the Assembly of Bishops and SCOOCH also marks the commencement of the organizations’ shared work.

The distinguished speakers during the service will include His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly of Bishops and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Eastern Armenian Church of America and Chairman of SCOOCH; His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese; and Archbishop Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Delegate of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the Eastern U.S.A.

The Assembly of Bishops and SCOOCH invite all residents and visitors of the Tri-State Area to join our communities in prayer on the evening of April 21st.

Download the flyer here.


Media Contacts:

Armenian Diocese – Mr. Chris Zakian

chrisz@armeniandiocese.org  (212-686-0710) 


Antiochian Archdiocese – Fr. Thomas Zain

abounathomas@me.com (718-855-6225)


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese – Fr. Nathanael Symeonides

FrNathanael@goarch.org (212-774-0226)


Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese – Mr. Jack Darakjy

darakjy@nynjlawyers.com (201-678-1600)