Diocesan Parishes

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The Diocese supports twenty-eight congregations extending across five countries or territories. The indigenous families who make up most of these parishes are the descendants of the Arab Christians first baptized in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Acts 2:11). As the remnant of the ancient Christian presence, they are the “Living Stones” of the Holy Land (1 Peter 2:5). Together with the expatriate Anglicans of the Diocese, they seek to uphold the work and teachings of Christ in the very places where he ministered in his earthly life. To this end, the clergy of the Diocese support their congregations through the provision of worship services, Sunday school classes, ecumenical programs, community work, adult education, and youth ministries.

Jerusalem
Israel
Palestine
Jordan
Lebanon

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Beirut, Lebanon

All Saints’ was founded in the 19th century, with American and British merchants and missionaries forming the core of the English-speaking congregation. The first Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem arrived from the United Kingdom via Beirut in 1841. The first baptism recorded in our archives was in 1847.

The present church building came into being through the efforts of members of that community and the Ernest Joly family who gave the land, fundraised, and constructed the church. The foundation stone was laid in 1912, but the project was delayed by the First World War. The building was finally completed and consecrated in 1929. All Saints’ International Congregation (ASIC) continues to serve an English-speaking community drawn from around 30 nationalities.

Since 1948 there has also been an Arabic-speaking congregation, mainly of Palestinian origin. Worship services in Arabic are at 9.30 on Sunday mornings, with refreshments afterwards in the Church hall downstairs. This is a good time for the sister congregations to meet in fellowship before the 11:15 am service for the International Congregation.

To this day, our congregations gather people from many different nationalities and church traditions to worship in an Anglican framework. We are a multi-ethnic Church, worshiping God through His Son Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Archdeacon
The Venerable Imad Zoorob
imadzoorob@gmail.com

Web
www.allsaintsbeirut.com

Postal Address
P.O. Box 11-2211 Beirut, Lebanon

Phone
+961 174 3768

Fax
+961 173 9764

Mobile
+961 334 4577

Syria

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Damascus, Syria

The Arabic-Speaking Congregation

Ministry

Pastoral care to the Sudanese, Syrian, and Iraqi populations, recently recognized by Syria as an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Jerusalem. Social activities, women’s groups, Bible Study, Sunday School and Adult Education for those who cannot read the Bible, refugee relief services, English classes.

Vision

To establish partnerships which will assist with training and expanding ministries in education, refugee assistance, and health programs. To continue to improve the facilities in our church to accommodate growing ministries like Project Hope.

The Current Situation

Amidst the continued violence and civil unrest in Syria, while the members of the English-Speaking Congregation have evacauated the country, the Arabic-Speaking Congregation has continued to meet for weekly worship, with Archdeacon Imad Zurob leading communion at least once a month, and Layreaders leading Morning Prayer on other Sundays. Your prayers for the congregations and the people of Syria are sincerely requested and greatly appreciated. Please pray for peace throughout the Middle East.

Archdeacon
The Venerable Imad Zoorob
imadzoorob@gmail.com

Web
www.allsaintsbeirut.com

Postal Address
P.O. Box 11-2211 Beirut, Lebanon

Phone
+961 174 3768

Fax
+961 173 9764

Mobile
+961 334 4577