Hazim's Funeral Held in Beirut as He Will Be Laid to Rest in Damascus

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The funeral of late Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and all the East was be held in Beirut on Sunday ahead of being laid to rest in Damascus, Syria.

The funeral was held at noon at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district and attended by a number of politicians, including President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati.

Hazim's coffin was then transferred to the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus where it will be put on display until Monday afternoon when it will be buried at the cathedral's graveyard.

Hazim passed away on Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

Born in 1921 in Mhardeh in Syria's Hama province, he graduated with a degree in philosophy from the American University of Beirut in 1945, and went on to study liturgy in France in 1949.

He was one of the founders of the Orthodox Youth Movement in 1942.

Upon his return to Lebanon, he founded the University of Balamand in northern Lebanon.

He was consecrated as a bishop in 1962, and was elected as the Metropolitan of the Latakia province in Syria in 1970.

Hazim was chosen to become Antioch's 157th patriarch on July 2, 1979.

Comments 3
Thumb shab 09 December 2012, 16:23

Exchange of corpses over the border

Default-user-icon Dr. Anis Helou (Guest) 09 December 2012, 22:16

May, it please the Almighty of His gracious mercy to receive His servant Patriarch Ignatius Hazim in His Heavenly Kingdom and make him inherit eternal life. Indeed, words cannot ease the sorrow that is in our hearts over the his death. His Beatitude will always be remembered for his infinite dedication in serving the Lord and for his great achievements
We brought nothing to this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Tim. 6.7).
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1.21).
May God, perpetually shine the lights of His Power upon the soul of His Servant Ignatius and work in him the good purpose of His perfect Will.
With my deepest sympathy

Thumb benzona 10 December 2012, 04:08

isn't it dangerous to follow the procession to Damascus?