SYRIAN PRIEST WORSHIPS WITH HIS COUNTRYMEN

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Rev. Father Bacilius Marsha Officiates at High Mass at St. Patrick’s Church.

The Rev. Father Bacilius Marsha, a Syrian priest of high repute as a scholar and divine, officiated at high mass at St. Patrick’s Church yesterday according to the Greek rite. Father Bacilius was assisted by several of his fellow countrymen, who also formed the choir.

The priest and choir sang their hymns and litanies in Arabic. There were upward of seventy-five persons present, representing the whole Syrian colony in the city. Later Father Bacilius spoke to his congregation, and after the service received his countrymen, for whose spiritual welfare he is visiting San Francisco. Father Bacilius is a guest of the Rev. Father Cumming of St. Patrick’s Church.

The San Francisco Call, Monday, October 19, 1903.