The Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church was the original denomination of the Ghassanids until the 7th Century. With the fall of the first Ghassanid State in Syria and Jordan, many Ghassanids fled to today’s Lebanon and also to the Byzantine empire (today’s Turkey). The Royal family ended up adhering to the mainstream Orthodox denomination living in the Byzantine Empire. In the 9th century, the second Ghassanid ruling happened with emperor Nikephoros I in 802 CE. In Mount Lebanon, the family kept the Syriac Orthodox roots. However, the monks of Mar Maroun (Saint Maroun) monastery decided in the 7th century to create a new Patriarchate and that was how the Ghassanids became Maronite. Because of the obedience of the Maronites to the Pope in Rome and the absence of a Maronite church in Curitiba (Brazil) where Prince Gharios’ family was settled in exile, he ended up becoming Roman Catholic.
As part of a very successful trip to Istanbul, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and his delegation have visited the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar for Istanbul and Ankara His Excellency Mor Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin. In the end of the audience, Prince Gharios was Blessed by the Metropolitan in his mission protecting the Christians in the Middle East.
More about the Syrian Orthodox Church HERE
More about HE Mor Filiskinos Yusuf Cetin HERE
For the second consecutive year, HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was one of the honor guests of the 21st edition of the Shabeeb Cultural Festival held on the 7th, 8th and 9th of July at the historical Roman Theater in Amman, Jordan.
The event was under the patronage of HRH Princess Sana Asem of Jordan and under the executive direction of HE Sharifa Bodur Bint Abdulilah. Sharifa Bodur is a great promoter of culture and charity being also honorary member of the board of the Royal House of Ghassan NGO and Prince Gharios’ personal friend.
The festival is an initiative of the Shabeeb association for culture and arts which the Honorary president is HRH Princess Alia Bint Hussein, the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan. The association is successfully presided by HE Sharifa Bodur.
More about the Shabeeb Association http://www.shabeeb.org/
More about HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor http://www.princegharios.org/
In celebration of Jordan’s 70th Independence day Anniversary and 100th Anniversary of the Arab revolt.
The Royal Herald commends His Majesty and all the Jordanians for the celebrations for a country that’s an oasis of stability in a sea of turbulence.