God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!
We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the following:
- This brutal aggression is a clear violation of the international laws and the UN Charter, because it is an unjustified assault on a sovereign country, member of the UN.
- It causes us great pain that this assault comes from powerful countries to which Syria did not cause any harm in any way.
- The allegations of the USA and other countries that the Syrian army is using chemical weapons and that Syria is a country that owns and uses this kind of weapon, is a claim that is unjustified and unsupported by sufficient and clear evidence.
- The timing of this unjustified aggression against Syria, when the independent International Commission for Inquiry was about to start its work in Syria, undermines of the work of this commission.
- This brutal aggression destroys the chances for a peaceful political solution and leads to escalation and more complications.
- This unjust aggression encourages the terrorist organizations and gives them momentum to continue in their terrorism.
- We call upon the Security Council of the United Nations to play its natural role in bringing peace rather than contribute to escalation of wars.
- We call upon all churches in the countries that participated in the aggression, to fulfill their Christian duties, according to the teachings of the Gospel, and condemn this aggression and to call their governments to commit to the protection of international peace.
- We salute the courage, heroism and sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army which courageously protects Syria and provide security for its people. We pray for the souls of the martyrs and the recovery of the wounded. We are confident that the army will not bow before the external or internal terrorist aggressions; they will continue to fight courageously against terrorism until every inch of the Syrian land is cleansed from terrorism. We, likewise, commend the brave stand of countries which are friendly to the Syria and its people.
We offer our prayers for the safety, victory, and deliverance of Syria from all kinds of wars and terrorism. We also pray for peace in Syria and throughout the world, and call for strengthening the efforts of the national reconciliation for the sake of protecting the country and preserving the dignity of all Syrians.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East:
We condemn America’s recent statements and threats against Syria which are based on mere unsubstantiated allegations of the use of prohibited weapons. We deplore any potential American aggression against our people, which will bring more destruction to the country and the region.
April 12, 2018
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“The Human Icon” by Dr Christine Mangala Frost (2017)
ISBN: 978 0 227 17635 1
pb 349 pages
James Clarke & Co. Ltds. Cambridge 2017
Dr Frost has capably achieved a gargantuan task in shining a light on the spirituality of Orthodox Christianity for a Hindu audience and likewise illuminating the richness and depth of Hinduism for her own Orthodox Christian community. This has been achieved precisely because she has a foot in both worlds with insights that transcend the possible disjunctions of language, concepts and practice that exist on the surface between the two faiths. Raised as a Hindu but becoming an Orthodox Christian in later life, she speaks from within both religious traditions with an authenticity that is personally tested and encyclopaedic in scope.
In this book, Dr Frost has not simply described the major themes of each religion, comparatively and in parallel. That would have presented a relatively straight forward task. She has gone further and much deeper by identifying possible points of contact, even overlap and congruence, between corresponding themes and insights from both faiths. This has been achieved while at the same time identifying with clear sightedness possible irreducible differences that need to be acknowledged in inter-faith dialogue.
Her realism in addressing these elements of both convergence and divergence is never compromised by any personal intrusive commitments, yet her own blessings in both faiths clearly shine through. She is a critical observer who strives to be fair to both religions both on their own grounds and in dialogue. A reader of this book will be enlightened and encouraged by the possibilities that lie ahead for mutual enhancement and understanding between Orthodox Christians and Hindus alike.
On Saturday 8th July 2017 the First Archdiocesan Trustees met at St George’s Cathedral in London to agree the Constitution of the soon to be formed Archdiocesan Charity. Although the meeting was lengthy and, for the most part, technical, it established a firm foundation for the Archdiocese’s activities as covered by charity law. Several amendments to the Charity Commission’s basic template were considered and either approved or dismissed. The process now begins to get the charity approved and registered at the Charity Commission. It will probably not be before the end of the year that this process is complete.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Mr Christian Karam, The Very Reverend Archpriest Gregory Hallam, Mr Simon Abdel-Nour, Mr William Hunter, The Very Reverend Archimandrite Philip Hall, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan Oner, Dr Samir Hraiki, Revd Fr Dr Alexander Tefft, Mrs Annemieke Lommaert-Blondeel, Mr Gabriel Michel El-Kassir, Mr Johnny Tabbal, Dr Sami Carouba.
Can you help our parish in Sutton near Norwich cross the final hurdle to acquire a redundant police station for its much needed enlarged place of worship? Please read Fr Stephen’s Appeal for the Community of St Fursey. Thank you.
This pilgrimage, organised by our Poole parish, has places still available. It will take place from 2nd to 3rd June. The saint of the parish, St Dunstan of Canterbury, (opposite) was originally abbot of the monastery at GFlastonbury. The town has long and ancient Orthodox Christian associations in England. Clink on this link for full details.
Kh. Jeanne, who was the widow of Archpriest Michael Harper, reposed in the Lord of the afternoon of Great and Holy Friday. Kh. Jeanne remained a great blessing to the Antiochian Church in this Archdiocese although ill health latterly prevented her from attending her parish of St Botolph in London. Many clergy can attest both to her personal and pastoral support and prayers. Memory Eternal Kh. Jeanne.
Jeanne’s funeral will take place on Saturday 29th April at 12.30 p.m at St. Giles Church, Cambridge, CB3 OAQ. The church is on the corner of Castle Street and Chesterton Road. Father Raphael will take the funeral service.
Following the service, her burial will take place at the Cemetery on Huntingdon Road at 2.30pm. Huntingdon Road Cemetery (and Crematorium) is five miles from the centre of Cambridge, off the A14 westbound carriageway.
There will be simple refreshments available, so if you able to attend and would like refreshments (to assist the volunteer caterers) please call Mrs Gladys Bland on 01223 366150 or email her at email@example.com
New Mission in Development in Worcestershire
Check out the Details on the MISSION page.
(Missions in Development represent early stages in planting new Orthodox Communities where we are trying to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit. If God blesses the initiative, such communities will migrate into full mission status in due time).
The eighth annual pilgrimage to Barking this year takes place on Saturday 13th May. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be served by Sayedna Silouan and there will be a talk in the afternoon by Fr Timothy Curtis of the Parish of St Anne, Northampton.
10:30 Divine Liturgy in the Church of St Margaret with Metropolitan Silouan
Followed by lunch (bring your own) and veneration of the cross in the Curfew Tower
14:00 Talk by Fr Timothy Curtis
15:00 Great Vespers
Youth Festival dates: Friday 26th May (from 18:00) to Monday 29th May (until 16:00)
Festival Title: “Smashing Your Idols”
Subtitle and theme description: Dealing with passions and temptations in our daily lives.
Guest Speakers: Sister Vassa, Father Alexander, Father Christodoulos, Carsten
Venue: St Mark’s College, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JD
Map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/College+of+Saint+Markfirstname.lastname@example.org,0.2186247,17z
New Icon of St Constantine and St Helen by Br. Efrem Carrasco of and for St Aidan, Manchester
If you would like to commission an icon from Efrem you can find contact details here.