In the second half of the seventies arrived the first Syrian Orthodox in the Netherlands. About 100 to 150 families settled in Twente to work in the metal and textile industries. As the number of Syrian Orthodox in Twente was increased in 1977 from the Syrian Orthodox Apostle Johanneskerk the current building purchased with the adjacent community hall. The Apostle St. John’s Church was the first church in the Netherlands and seat of the first bishop in Europe (the first bishop was the late Archbishop Mor Julius Jeshu Cicek, in 1981, the current monastery Mor Ephrem monastery was purchased in Glane).
The communion of the Apostle St. John’s Church is under the spiritual guidance of Abuna Samuel DoÄŸan, from the village of Hah in Tur Abdin in southeastern Turkey, and has now, in August 2007, about 90-100 360-400 families, and Syrian Orthodox Christians.
The holy St. John
In the tradition of the Syriac Orthodox Church was St. John (Mor Yuhanon) one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was the son of the fisherman Zebedee and the brother of James. When John and his brother James at their fishing nets were flushing, they were called by Christ to be his disciple (Mark 1: 19-20); they gave immediate hearing. Later, both John and James apostles of Christ. Along with Peter were James and John (nicknamed “sons of thunder”; Mar 3:17) the most confidential disciples of Christ. St. John was the youngest of the apostles and “the beloved disciple” (John 13:23; 21:. 7, 20).
On the cross Christ entrusted the care of His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to St. John (Jn. 19:26, 27). St. John was a pillar in the church of Jerusalem. Later, he and Mary went to Ephesus (in western Turkey). He served as the leading authority in Ephesus ( “Mature” or “Presbyter” in 2 John 1). During the reign of the tyrannical Roman emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) St. John was exiled to the island Pathmos where he wrote his Revelation. After the emperor’s death, he returned to Ephesus to continue his discipleship and die after about 96 s. Chr. In the tradition of the Syrian Orthodox Church of St. John the author of five books of the New Testament: three letters, the Apocalypse of John plus his name Gospel of John.
A well-known disciple of John was Polycarp (now Izmir in western Turkey). Our current bishop Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin is named after him.
The memorial day (Syriac: Duchrono) of the Apostle John’s on 27 December.
De Syrisch-Orthodoxe Kerk van Apostel Johannes
Helmerstraat 1 7551 BR Hengelo
Priester: Samuel Dogan Tel: 053-4771240
Reguliere gebedstijden: Zaterdag: 17:00 â€“ 17:45 Vespers (Wintertijd 16:00) Zondag: 07:45 â€“ 10:30 Mis