Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch
Roots of the Syriac Orthodox Church can be traced back to the very dawn of Christianity, to the church of Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11: 26). It is the first established church in Christianity gathering converted Jews and Gentiles in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the second church after that of Jerusalem. Ecclesiastical history and traditions tell us that St. Peter the Apostle established a church in Antioch (+ 37) and became its first bishop.
- Inter-faith Relations
In view of the existence of our people among people with our faiths and beliefs, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East Ecumenical Department is also in charge of the relations between our Syriac Orthodox Church and the other religions and faiths. It encourages an open dialogue that promotes the spirit of love and mutual respect between the faithful of our church and the believers in other faiths. Likewise, it encourages the sharing of positive experiences that can help develop the community in which we live as well as social values and ethical code of the people and countries where we live
- Ecumenical Relations
The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East (SOP) is committed to promoting unity among the children of God for the sake of the world. The SOP Ecumenical Department is responsible for encouraging the activity of ecumenical relations between all churches, and enhancing the public commitments in ecumenical circles. The SOP is committed to endorsing the understanding among Christians and greater unity among Christ’s people.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Syria - Lebanon - Syria - Lebanon