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Save the Christians of Mosul - London Demonstration

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Dear all,

The Churches in the UK have come together to protest, and save the Christians in Mosul after they have been forced to flee to neighbouring cities in Iraq.

The ISIS demanded that the christians must either:

1- CONVERT TO ISLAM
2- PAY TAX
3- LEAVE IMMEDIATELY
4- FACE DEATH

24 Hours was the notice Christians were given by the ISIS to flee their homes. At the check points they were stripped away of any valuables, only thing left they had was their clothes and faith- not their dignity. They were made to leave behind their homes awaiting destruction. Their homes was marked with an N in arabic representing Nasara so that they can be shamed.
Orphans were kidnapped, Women were raped, Churches that are 1800 years old were burned. What has humanity come to?

Iraq was home to an estimated one million Christians before the 2003 US- led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since then, militants have frequently targeted Christians across the country, bombing their churches and killing clergymen. Under such pressures, many Christians have left the country. Church officials now put the community 450,000.

In Mosul around 10,000 people fled clambered into cars- children, parents, grandparents- the headed for the largely autonomous kurdish region of Northern Iraq or other area protected by the Kurdish security forces. Their departure marks the latest and perhaps final exodus of Christians from the city, emptying out communities that date back to the first centuries of Christianity including Chaldean, Assyrian and Armenian Churches.

We would like to create awareness to the exodus of Mosul that happened on 19th July 2014.
There will be a demonstration held from 11:30am on 26th July at the Houses of Parliament, Westminste, London.

THE MORE VOICES THE MORE HELP.

HELP STOP THE GENOCIDE. DONT LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF. ACT AND SAVE THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE COUNTING ON YOU.

Please feel free to share this event and invite as many people as possible.”

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theorthodoxbritreturns:

I really wish the people would stop equating Iraqi, Assyrian and Syriac Christians with western Christians and blaming them for the crusades, US Foreign policy and other acts of western powers.
These communities had nothing to do with these things and have been just as negatively influenced by…

signum-crucis:

the-militant-catholic:

lasha-sakheladze:

Churches destroyed in Syria

Lord have mercy…

Everyone, please, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters!

"There used to be widespread sharing of sacred space. I have seen Syrian Christians coming to sacrifice sheep at the Muslim shrine of Nebi Uri, while at the nearby Christian convent of Seidnaya, I found the congregation in the church consisted not principally of Christians but instead of heavily bearded Muslim men and their shrouded wives. As the priest circled the altar with his thurible, the men prayed as if in the middle of Friday prayers at a great mosque. Their women, some dressed in full black chador, mouthed prayers from the shadows of the narthex. A few, closely watching the Christian women, went up to the icons and kissed them. They had come, so they told me, to Our Lady of Seidnaya, to ask her for children. Now that precious multi-ethnic and multi-religious patchwork is in danger of being destroyed forever."
— William Dalrymple, A Point of View: A long winter for Christians in the Middle East

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered and driven from their homes – and the West is silent – Telegraph Blogs

"For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul: an ancient culture has been wiped out in a matter of weeks. It’s a war crime that, strangely, no one seems to want to talk about. Mosul is the second-largest city in Iraq and the place where many Christians believe Jonah […]"

theorthodoxbritreturns:

lebnaniye:

dolmaenthusiast:

indignantkurd:

ISIS marks letter “N” (ن) for “Nasrani” (term for Christian) on Assyrian Christian homes in Mosul [x]

This is beyond terrifying.

They have also marked an R for “rejected”  (in arabic) on Shi’ite homes.

I can’t believe this. I can’t believe the world is letting this happen.

just want to boost this post also. ISIS marked the homes of Iraqi Christians (in the same as the Nazis did Jews) in order to know who to extort the Jizya tax on, and loot and kill if they did not comply or convert to Islam. They have burnt down the ancient churches (some 1700 years old and never destroyed) raped unveiled Christian women and killed many who refused to convert to Islam. As of this point, all Christians have left Mosul (being robbed of their possessions as they left, see the articles I shared yesterday for details) and having to walk across the ISIS controlled desert to find safe haven if possible. All this is occurring, yet the world doesn’t see to care that another attempted genocide of Christians in Iraq is occurring (the second in around 100 years). Lord Have Mercy

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theorthodoxbritreturns:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana (1863 –1952)

ISIS marked the homes of Iraqi Christians (in the same as the Nazis did Jews) in order to know who to extort the Jizya tax on, and loot and kill if they did not comply or convert to Islam. They…

Iraq Christians See ISIL Uprooting Prophet Jonah's Remains As Dire Portent

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Members of Jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are believed to have unearthed the remains of revered biblical Prophet Jonah in Mosul.

This act is fueling the fears of Christian leaders in Iraq that the persisting violence could spell the end of 2000 years of Christianity in the country.

Iraq’s Christians have long faced a siege but the latest onslaught by ISIL, also known as ISIS, has them caught in the crossfire of Islamic sectarian violence and also being directly targeted.

A local Nineveh official Zuhair al-Chalabi told IraqiNews.com Friday there was information “certainly confirming” that members of the militant group dug up and disturbed the grave of the prophet in the capital of northern Iraq’s Nineveh Province.

A video of the attack believed to be on the revered tombstone of prophet Jonah has also been posted on Youtube.

Al-Chalabi said members of ISIL have gained control of the mosque of the Prophet Jonah ever since they invaded the city, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

“It is still held by them…elements of ISIL engaged in the process of tampering with the contents of the mosque,” he was quoted as saying.

The group has also torched 11 churches and monasteries out of the 35 across the city.

It has destroyed statues of poets, literary and historical figures important to the city, all in a day, IraqiNews.com quoted police spokesman Maj. Ahmed alObaidi, Ninawa as saying.

The looting and violence in Iraq have driven Christians away to neighboring countries like Turkey, Lebanon and to Western Europe.

If this persists, the it will likely hasten the demise of the nearly 2,000-year-old Christian heritage in the country, archbishops from Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk have warned, Reuters news agency reported.

The church leaders recently visited Brussels seeking the help of the European Union to protect the faithful.

The Christian leaders said war and sectarian conflict have depleted Iraq’s Christian population from 1.5 million before the US-led invasion in 2003 to a mere 400,000.

“The next days will be very bad. If the situation does not change, Christians will be left with just a symbolic presence in Iraq,” said Baghdad-based Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako.

Youssif Mirkis, Kirkuk’s Chaldean Catholic Archbishop, also said, “Our presence was a symbol of peace, but there’s so much panic and few Christians see their future in Iraq.”

Notes Regarding Sin, to be Read Sharply and Mockingly to Myself in Times of Desolation

“I cannot pray after so great a sin.”
And are you too ill to see a doctor?
Too thirsty to drink?
Too dirty to take a shower?
*
It is better to risk being seen as a hypocrite by praying after sin
than to risk growing cold in God’s arms by refusing to.
*
From the perspective of despair,
sin is the end of prayer.
From the perspective of hope,
sin is the beginning.
Christ stands on the side of hope
when he describes the just prayer:
“God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
*
Effing up
is the precondition
for being saved.
Therefore:
Stop being such a pansy
in regards to the effing up.
*
It is not remorse.
It is not piety.
What keeps you from praying
immediately after sin
is a secret love of sin.
You do not pray
because you want to leave a space
for sinning again –
sometime later,
when the pain is less acute.
*
You really want to undo the devil?
Thank God for allowing you to sin.
You now have a blindingly obvious opportunity
to call upon His mercy.
*
You want to conquer sin?
Recognize this:
Every sin is an opportunity to rejoice
in the marvelous grace of God,
without which you would have done
something far more miserable.
*
Do you think Jesus lied:
“There will be more rejoicing in heaven
over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who do not need to repent?”
Why, then, are you wrapping yourself
in layers of self-loathing?
You have become the potential cause of song in Heaven,
a song brighter and louder
than if the entire world had never sinned –
and here you lie in bed.
*
Netflix is insufficient.
Feeling bad is insufficient.
Denying the existence of sin
is fun for about a week –
then abysmally insufficient.
Christ alone suffices.
*
“O Happy Fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
that won for us so great a Redeemer!”
The sin that cursed the whole world is called “happy,”
and you grow despondent over your own?
What strange powers are granted you –
God, who sings redemption
out of mankind’s fall from grace,
is reduced to a mewling incompetent
over your idiotic sins.
But this is what it means to refuse to pray after sin –
to rate yourself as something infinitely darker
and beyond-help than Adam,
a thing whose faults
can never be happy faults.
*
If there is beauty,
there is redemption.
*
Now then:
Oh my God
I am heartily sorry
for having offended Thee.
I detest
of all my sins
because of Thy just punishment.
But most of all,
because it offends you,
My God,
who are all good
and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve
through the help of Thy grace
to sin no more
and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

Marc Barnes