09 February 2011: Damascus, Syria:
Rev. Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal elevated to the
order of Rabban today at St. Peter & St. Paul
Cathedral, Mor Aphrem Seminary, Damascus.
Ordination ceremony was consecrated by The
Patriarch His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka
I Iwas and assisted by Mor Philoxinos Mattiyas Nayis, the Patriarchal
Assistant, Mor Severios Malke Mourad
(Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem & Jordan) and
Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq (Patriarchal Office
metropolitans. Rev. Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal
will henceforth be known as "Mattha
Morning prayer started at
8:00 AM and Holy Qurbono at 9.00 AM
Ordination was done in between the Qurbono
after the bartsmalko. Rev. Deacon
Barsoma also elevated to the order of Ramban
along with Rev. Fr. Mathew will henceforth be
known as Barsoma Rabban.
At present Mattha (Mathews) Rabban is
serving as secretary to His Holiness for English
affairs and Indian affairs and Barsoma Rabban is
a student of the Mor Aphrem Seminary.
Very Rev. Rabban