ALEPPO, Syria – Hundreds of worshipers attended a service at the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady in Aleppo on Friday after it opened for mass during Easter this year for the first time after ceasing operations for eight years due to the war.
“My feeling cannot be described, my marriage took place in this church, my father used to take me to it since I was a little [kid]. I have not been to it since the war began, for around eight years. [The church] is considered to be our heritage and a base of the country. Basically, it is a cathedral, not a church, Fadi Khoury, a worshipper said.
“It is considered to be for everyone who was born in this country. It is a heritage [site] and an antiquity for the Orthodox [worshippers], and hopefully it will be reconstructed. We see that the situation is acceptable, but hopefully it will be restored. The people you see are the pillars of the church, which is promising to see that the country stands again,” he said.
Another worshiper then went onto describe his happiness of the church being used again.
“We are very happy to return to this area after Aleppo finished with the issue of terrorism and the insurgents, who destroyed our historic and beautiful areas, as people of Aleppo and Syria, basically. Of course I would like to pay my best wishes to the Syrian people and say ‘happy Easter for all Syrians’. Hopefully, the situation is improving by the will of the Syrian Arab Army and all of the Syrian Arab people,” George Adam said.
“For sure, I feel gladness and am happy to visit this area after being away for eight years. I am really glad,” he continued.