MORAN MOR IGHNATIUS
YACOUB THE THIRD PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH
AND ALL THE EAST
Extracts from H.H.'s Biography
Was born in Bartley - Iraq on 12OCT1912, and was christened in the
At the School in Bartley he
studied, Catachesim, Syriac Arabic and English languages.
In the year 1923 he joined St.
Matai (Matthew) Seminary, St. Matai (Matthew) Monastery.
In the year 1924 he was ordained
by Bishop John (Youhanna) Abaji as Reader.
On 06AUG1929 was ordained by
H.H. Elias the Third as a Sub-Deacon or Aphodyacon (Syriac pronunciation).
In the year 1931 he joined the
Syrian Orphanage and was appointed there as the Syriac and Catachesim
teacher. During his stay in Lebanon
he mastered the English, and studied the French languages.
On 20JUL1933 was ordained by
H.H. Moran Mor Ighnatius Ephrem as a monk in Homs
He then was sent to Malabar (India)
accompanied by H.E. Elias Koro the Apostolic Delegate to India.
On 19JAN1934 he was ordained
as a Deacon by the Apostolic Delegate. And on 11MAR of the same year
was promoted to the rank of Priest, and was appointed the Principal
to Mor Ighnatius
in addition to being the Secretary of the Apostolic Delegate. He undertook
during the period of his stay in India some missionary work. He mastered
MYLYALEM (one of the languages spoken in India by Our Syrian Orthodox Community),
and was able to write several books in this language.
In the year 1946 was appointed
by H.H. Moran Mor Ighnatius Ephrem the First as teacher and theological
guide to the Seminary in Mosul,
where he spent a year in the same seminary doing this job.
On 13DEC1947 was appointed as
a member at the Church
Court in Mosul
In Summer 1950 he was appointed
as a Vicar for Beirut and Damascus Parish. On 17DEC
of the same year was ordained as a Archbishop by H.H. Moran Mor Ighnatius
Ephrem the First for the same parish with the name Mor Severius Yacoub,
after the Syrian Orthodox Church Scholar Mor Severius Yacoub Al-Bartloyo
In the year 1956 he joined his
brethren in ordaining the Celecia Catholichos for Armenian Church in
Antelyas - Lebanon,
as delegated by H.H. Patriarch Ephrem the First.
In the years 1956-1957 established
Mor Severius Secondary School
in Beirut - Lebanon.
On 23JUN1957 H.H. Patriarch
Ephrem the First departed this world to the eternal life. On 27th October
of the same year, Archbishop Severius Yacoub was elected as the next
Antioch Patriarch, in the
name Moran Mor Ighnatius Yacoub the Third.
As a Patriarch he visited all
the Middle Eastern countries, Turkey,
North and South America, and Europe.
He was able to include the Syrian
Orthodox Church as a member in the World Council of Churches.
He visited Vatican, and met the Pope of Rome Paul the Sixth, and they both submitted
a joint statement on the relationship between the two churches.
Worked hard to refresh the relationships
between the churches of Antioch and Alexandria.
Recorded the Church Hymns (BEITH
Transferred the Patriarchal
SEE from Homs to Damascus.
Built several buildings for
the church in different countries. Established three theological and
social organizations in Atshaneh - Lebanon.
On 25JUN1980 he departed this
world to the eternal life, and his body was buried in St.
George's yard, Damascus.
The church inherited several
of his writings, either in the form of books, scrolls, either printed
or handwritten. He also translated and published books in the Syrian
Light, Volume 1.33, 23 June 1996
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