His Eminence Metropolitan SABA of Syria's archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran announces that the very popular Arabic-language, full-color, Orthodox Children's Magazine "FARAH" (which means "joy") will soon be published in an all-English edition - to be called "JOY" - for our children here in America.
His Eminence Metropolitan SABA writes:
Dear Brother in Christ,
As our Holy Orthodox Church is embarking on a very special time of the year in preparation to celebrate the Feast of all feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I greet you with a holy kiss from the land that was blessed to witness the conversion of the Apostle Paul and the martyrdom of one of the seven first Deacons, Timon.
With the blessing and the enthusiastic support of His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, the Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, I present you with the first issue of the “JOY” magazine in English, which is intended to help children (7-13)with their parents to learn about our holy Orthodox faith. “JOY” will be a colorful publication of about forty pages, containing a variety of simple educational materials, offered three times a year, for the sake of enriching the children of Christ, for the nominal cost of twenty dollars a year including postage cost.
I want to urge you with the spirit of Christian love and brotherhood to promote this ambitious project with the help of your parish councils and your church communities’ ministries among your parishioners by making this magazine known to them and by encouraging them to subscribe to it. This project is nothing less than another miracle from our great God and Savior Jesus Christ which has become a reality through the love and generosity of many dedicated faithful parishioners from the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America who contributed benevolently and thoughtfully towards such a long-awaited dream.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the personal financial and emotional support of my dear brother in Christ, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, who always stands ready in support of spreading the word of Christ among all nations. Along with the assistance of His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, I was very deeply touched by the loving support of my brothers in the vineyard of the Lord, the Diocesan Bishops of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, whose love was overwhelming, along with a long list of very dedicated and dynamic priests.
In conclusion, please be assured that expressing our love and gratitude to the entire body of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is the main and most important aim that your sister Archdiocese of Bosra has in mind, as we strive to make this educational tool available to you and your parishioners and youth workers.
With genuine hierarchal and paternal love,
For more information in the USA, please contact Mr. George Derbaly: 973-699-7278 (cell)
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