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Young Syrians come to the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church for a Christmas party

Young Syrians come to the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church for a Christmas party
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26 December 2021 year 12:22

For the first time since the war in Syria, which has been going on for over ten years, the Damascus Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church, with the support of the Moscow Government and the Russian National Veterans’ Organization, organized a Christmas party. With a blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, children came for the party from the Sunday School of Maryamiyya - the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

The little guests were welcomed by Hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. 

Volunteers from Russia and Syria organized for the children various games and a master-class on painting Russian wooden toys. The kids also took part in the collective writing of a Christmas greeting massage to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch. 

The young guests of the feast saw for the first time Father Frost who gave them gifts from Russia. 

By the invitation of Hegumen Arseniy and the first vice-chairman of “Boyevoye Bratstvo” (Combat Brothers) Dmitry Sablin, Amir al-Rashid, an eight-year old boy, came to the Russian Christmas party from Tubne, a small Christian village in southern Syria. This summer he was hijacked for ransom by a group of militants hiding in the desert. They held the child hostage for several months, tortured him and demanded a ransom from his parents. Amir said that the Russian Christmas party was the greatest Christmas wonder in his life. 

Present at the feast were also members of the State Duma group responsible for relations with the Syrian Parliament, who were in Syria on an official visit, representatives of the Russian Embassy in the SAR, representatives of the Government of Moscow and other Russian regions, who had taken part in a meeting of inter-departmental coordination staffs of Russia and Syria. 

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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