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Get Ready – Project Syria 2014

While the board is preparing for the annual meeting in Lebanon, our MICs in Australia have put this video together in anticipation of Project Syria 2014 which will be held next Sunday, March 2 in Sydney and Melbourne.

Enjoy the video!






Sawmo D’ninwe brikho!

Nineveh fast (Sawmo D’ninwe) begins today and it is ongoing in 3 days until wednesday.

“It was called after Nineveh, because the Ninevites were the first to practice such a fast praying for God’s Mercy and forgiveness. This fast is practiced following the example of the people of Nineveh of old times who hearkened to the warning of God through Prophet Jonah and proclaimed a fast enjoined on man and beast, on the greatest of them even to the least of them in supplication of God.

And God repented of the evil he had said he would do unto them and he did it not. (Jon. 3).
This fast began to be practiced in our church towards the fourth Century AD. This can be inferred from the memres of St. Ephrem, the Syrian(373) and the hymns he composed in the past. This fast used to last for six days, but now it is only for three days starting on the third Monday that precedes Lent. It had been neglected through the ades. Mar Dionysius Bar Salibi (1171) states that Mar Marutha of Tikrit (+649) was the one who enjoined it on the Church of the East first in the region of Nineveh. Bar Hebraeus reportedly states that the confirmation of this fast was due to the crises the church went through in (Hirat). The people there fasted three days and three nights praying constantly in fulfillment of the command of their bishop and they were rescued from the ordeal by God.

Armenians embraced this practice of the Syrians calling it (Sorep Sarkis). The Copts did the same during the patriarchate of the sixty-second Patriarch of Alexandria, Anba Eprem, the Syrian.This fast is highly favored among Syrians. Some faithful abstain from food and drink throughout this three day fast, then they receive the Holy Communion on the third day and afterwards they go on eating fasting food until Thursday morning. The rest of the faithful abstain from having food till noon or till late afternoon and afterwards they eat fasting food. Prayers that are sung to melodies of Lent usually accompany fasting. In the event of having the presentation of Lord Jesus into the Temple, which we usually celebrate on Feb.2, during this Fast it is mandatory that we celebrate the commemoration day and afterwards we carry out the celebration of the Holy liturgy in the morning as usual, whereas the prayers of Nineveh’s Fast are said at noon. Abstinence from food ends directly after the mass by eating fasting food.”

Written by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

From all of us in Melthodhaye, may God grant your Nineveh wish, may He accepts your fasts, your prayers , your efforts and bless you and your families.


New motions 2014

Dear members,

Please find below the new motions, which will be decided upon during the annual meeting 22nd of February 2014.


Board of Melthodhaye

Calling to Melthodhaye´s annual meeting 22nd of February 2014 in Lebanon


Soon it`s time for Melthodhayes Annual Meeting. This year it will take place in Atchane, Lebanon!

At the same time a trip to Lebanon will be organized where we will visit the Patriarch, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas , churches, monasteries and other beautiful places and persons. Another important purpose of the trip is to help and support our sisters and brothers in war-torn Syria.

The dates are 20-24 February 2014.

Are you interested to join us and want more information about this trip and the annual meeting please contact:

Isaac Ido at
Mob. number: +46 7 3621 00 75

We would like your registration latest 26th of January 2014.

Please find your invitation to the Annual Meeting by clicking on the link below:

Wishing you a blessed Denho

“And Jesus, after he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, behold, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him; and, behold, a voice from the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17

Today we celebrate in the Holy Church, the Feast of Denho (the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ). The Lord Jesus is baptized in order to sanctify the Water of Jordan for the baptism of those who believe in His Name.

“John mixed the water for baptism, which Christ sanctified and went into the river to be baptized in it. At the moment He came out from the water, heaven and earth gave honour to Him. The sun submitted its dazzling light and the stars did obeisance to Him who sanctified all the rivers and springs-Hallelujah, Hallelujah. ” (From the liturgy of Denho)

You can enjoy reading Hymns for the Feast of Epiphany by Mor Afrem.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. We wish you a blessed Denho.




Merry Christmas!

“Unto you is born this day a saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:11

Today we enter into the Nativity of the Lord not as observers but as participants. We stand among the rest of creation which hastened to offer something to the New-Born King:
The angels – singing;
The Heavens – a star;
The Wise Men – gifts;
The shepherds – worship;
The earth – a cave;
The animals – a manger.
Today we join with creation and make our offering. Today we bring to Him what is more valuable than anything else – our pure believing hearts!

From all of us at Melthodhaye, we wish you a blessed day partaking in the coming of the Son. May the radiant Feast of our Lord’s Nativity offer Joy, Peace, Hope and Love to you and your families!

Glory to God in the highest!

Hymns on the Nativity by Mor Afrem are available for all to enjoy on this blessed day.



Pope Tawadros arrives to Germany in pastoral visit


Pope Tawadros arrives to Germany in pastoral visit with Mor Philoxenos Mattias Nayis

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese has inaugurated during his eight-day visit to Europe churches in Germany and Austria. Pope Tawadros left Cairo 6th of December heading for Switzerland at the start of a two-week European tour.

His Holiness Pope Tawadros of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt visited 21st of December the Syriac Orthodox monastery of St. James of Sarug in Germany.

The pope has also been to Switzerland and Austria for his third visit to churches in Europe since he was appointed.

Pope Tawadros II has visited Bishop Antonius Monastery to officially start monasticism and open the Catechetical School in Germany and has also hold lectures for a week in the school which will be teaching in German and Arabic languages then will be followed with the English language.

Tawadros II is to come back to Egypt before Christmas to attend Christmas Eve in St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abasseya.

Pope Tawadros II has visited Europe twice; first to Vatican City on May 9 which was the first time in 40 years and on May 23 to Austria.

The Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan visit Coptic and Syrian Orthodox communities


Prince Charles accompanied by Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad of Jordan (2nd right) during the visit, celebrating Christian communities from the Middle-East in Britain.

The Prince of Wales has heard the heartbreaking stories of Syrians desperate for the international community to end the conflict in their homeland.

His Royal Highness was accompanied by Prince Ghazi of Jordan and the Bishop of London, the Right Rev Richard Chartres throughout his day.

David Yakoub, who was close to tears, put his hands together and pleaded with The Prince to help as the heir to the throne visited the London cathedral of the Syriac Orthodox Church.

At St. Thomas Cathedral in East Acton, west London, The Prince met His Eminence Mor Athanasius Thoma Dakarna and also other worshippers of the Syriac Orthodox Church whose followers are spread across the Middle East from southern Turkey to Syria, Jordan, and parts of India.

The Prince spent the day meeting Christians from the Middle East to learn about the problems they face.

Christianity is beginning “to disappear” in its own birthplace after 2,000 years because of a wave of “organised persecution” across the Middle East, the Prince of Wales has warned.

Listen to the speach of the Prince of Wales, here!

Sunday of St Joseph’s Revelation – Matthew 1:18-25

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Joseph worshipped You; a crown he offered to You – this troubled just man whom the angels reassured. So that you might increase his reward, he rescued You in his arms. For who could convince a just man to carry the hateful son of adultery and to be pursued from one place to another?

Teach me, my Lord, how and why from a virgins womb it was fitting for You to shine forth for us. Was He a type of splendid Adam taken from the virgin earth that had not been worked until he was formed? Why then was it necessary that she, a daughter of David, be betrothed to Joseph and that then Your birth from her would be without man?

The succession of kings is written in the name of men instead of women, Joseph, a son of David, betrothed to a daughter of David, for the child could not be registered in the name of His mother. He became, therefore, Joseph’s offspring without man, and by the two of them He bound Himself to their people, so that among the kings He is written, Son of David.

It was not fitting that from the seed of Joseph He be born, nor without Joseph that from Mary He be conceived. He was not registered by the name of Mary, who gave birth to Him, but Joseph, who registered, did not register his own seed. Without the body of Joseph, He was united with his name; without the betrothed of Mary, He sprang forth, her Son. He was Lord to David and son.

Ephrem the Syrian , Hymns, (Paulist Press: 1989), pp. 78-79.

New Website


The new platform looks a little different and will enable us to roll out some great services in the future but the same great content is there.

We hope you enjoy the new design which is cleaner, more visual and more importantly easier to navigate!

There is plenty to explore but here are the top 4 things you should know about the site:
1. It’s mobile friendly: the website is meant to work on every device and in every browser. Everything you can do with the regular site you can do in a mobile friendly interface.
2. New home page search form: The new home page search form has been simplified but also enhanced to allow you to search for our ongoing projects, library, regulations, how to become a member and more information about us. You can also easly reach our social media and donate.
3. We still have work to do: Please give us an opportunity to locate and clean up errors, respond to immediate issues.
4. We value your feedback: You have several ways of providing feedback for the design, You can email the webmaster at:

Please do explore the new site, and we hope that you enjoy using it!

Walkathon for Syria

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Melthodhaye is happy to announce the official launch of Project Syria 2014 to be hosted in Australia. On February 16 2014 the people of Sydney and Melbourne will unite to raise much needed money for those affected by the conflict engulfing Syria. Australia’s MICs will be hosting a joint walkathon across the two states with beautiful scenery.

For more details, please go to our Project page.

The Consecration of St. Peter Church

Sunday, November 10th was a memorable day for the Syriac Orthodox community in Los Angeles as His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, His Grace Bishop Serapion, His Eminence Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho, Rev. Fr. Yusuf Kallo, and several clergy had gathered together to consecrate St Peter Syriac Orthodox Church in the San Dimas/Glendora area.

In the year 2010 the community expressed a need for a church in the area, and with the blessings of Archbishop C. Eugene Kaplan, the community pulled together and began renting St John Coptic Church for the weekly Divine Liturgy. During the first year, an opportunity arose to buy an exsting church building, and with great love and support the community bought the property which is at 1404 West Gladstone Street, San Dimas CA.  Over a period of a year and a half the community restructured the building to make into a proper Syriac church, and on Palm Sunday of 2013 His Eminence conducted the first Divine Liturgy at St Peter Church.

And so on Sunday, November 10th the day of consecrating St. Peter Church was a surely blessed day and gathering. Prayers and scripture readings were chanted and read aloud by all 3 Archbishops and clergy. Following the anointing of the walls and altar with the Holy Myron, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan conveyed his gratitude and joy to those who had supported the establishment of the church and special reference was made to the organizations for their preparation and hard work. A special and touching video exhibiting  pictures during the construction & development of the church, as well as various activities was the culmination of the church ceremony.

A convivial evening dinner reception was held at the church grounds under a large tent, beautiful flowers, and the Sunday School children holding candles, representing angels. Presentations were made by His Eminence who awarded plaques to all the Board members, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Youth Organization, Choir, and the Sunday School. His Eminence also touched upon the next project of St. Peter, the Syriac Youth Center, which is a plan to build a joint gymnasium/social hall to gather youth from surrounding areas to unite and play sports as well as to hold social functions. Several faithful contributed monetary donations towards the project.

Rev. Fr. Yusuf Kallo also welcomed all the clergy & attendees and John Kerim Allaf, the Vice President, spoke about the establishment of St. Peter Church, and expressed his gratitude to all those in attendance. Everyone enjoyed dinner, sweets, and fruits. It was a beautiful gathering of over 600 people (Board of Trustees and laymen) from the various churches  - St. Ephraim, St Helena, St. George, St. Elias, St Mary, St. John Syriac Church, St. Paul, St Thomas (San Jose), St John Coptic Church, and St Mary Malankara Church

 The St Peter Board of Trustees, and faithful would like to thank all those who attended this special occasion, and for the gracious monetary donations. God Bless…

Calling all Melthodhaye Music Fans


Here is another Excellent collection of Syriac hymns from the Kerela area by beloved church members.

The upcoming CD is very special since the idea was born during Melthodhaye´s visit to India 2012 with the main aim to spread the beatiful choir voices of the Syriac Church in Kerala Area globally.

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming CD, selected and composed for you to listen and enjoy the magical hymns.