Deisis (Novogorod)

Appeal of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III for the Protection of Civilians in Syria

We call upon all local and international leaders to make every effort to protect civilians in Syria.

Communities in various parts of Syria have for some time now been the target of indiscriminate shelling or abuse directed at the elderly, women, children and the disabled. Arbitrary abductions for exorbitant ransom and intimidation or coercion have developed into a running sore. The number of innocent victims from remote and destitute populations is inexorably increasing. Recently, Rableh village, close to the border with Lebanon, was the scene of serious incidents of the sort.

We strongly urge that these gratuitous, unjustified attacks on peaceful, harmless folk be stopped. The international community ought not to underestimate these crimes that violate human dignity and contravene international conventions.

This appeal arises from our concern for the future of the many Syrian cities whose inhabitants, though undergoing all kinds of privations, abuse and threats for months now, still remain attached to their native land. I would like to express my paternal solidarity and fellowship with them in their sufferings.

My thanks go to the peace-makers, especially Musalaha representatives, who are dedicated to saving innocent lives all over Syria, calming people down so as to defuse disputes and spreading harmony with a view to sparing further bloodshed in Syria. This is inextricably linked with the chief concern of our pastoral and patriarchal ministry: for everyone to respect and protect the civilian population and save it from being the target of such horrors.

I beseech Heaven's mercy upon the victims, patience and consolation for their relatives and wisdom and compassion towards the aggressors. May respect for the sacred rights of human beings, created in the image of the Merciful God who loves mankind, shine forth in Syria!

 

 

نداء غبطة البطريرك غريغوريوس الثالث اللحام لحماية المدنيين في سوريا

اننا ندعو جميع السلطات المحلية والدولية لبذل كل الجهود الممكنة من اجل حماية المدنيين في سوريا، خصوصا وان مناطق متعددة في البلاد، هي عرضة ومنذ وقت ليس بقصير، الى القصف العشوائي والاعتداءات المتنوعة، تستهدف المسنين والنساء والأطفال والمعوقين.
ولن ننسى عمليات الخطف التعسفي التي تطال ومن دون توقف، ضحايا أبرياء من الفئات الفقيرة والمعزولة، الى عمليات الترهيب والاكراه التي باتت تشكل وباءا مستوطنا ومستشريا. وتمثل بلدة "ربلة" القريبة من الحدود اللبنانيّة، اصدق مثال حي على ما سبق واشرنا اليه.
اننا نحث المجتمع الدولي وبقوة، على وضع حد لهذه الهجمات والجرائم العبثيّة غير المبررّة التي تقوّض كرامة الإنسان وتنتهك الاتفاقيات الدولية.
ونوجه نداءنا هذا، حرصا ايضا على مستقبل العديد من المدن السورية ومستقبل سكانها، الذين يعانون منذ اشهر جميع أنواع الإساءة والحرمان والتهديد، ونحييهم لأنهم رغم كل شيء، لا يزالون متمسكين بالبقاء في ارض اجدادهم.
كما ونشدد في نفس الوقت، ومن منطلق واجباتنا كبطريرك وراع، على تضامننا الابوي مع اهلنا هناك ، ونشكر جهود محبي السلام وصانعيه، ونخصّ منهم ممتلي المصالحة، الذي ينشطون في كل ارجاء البلاد لاجل انقاذ أرواح الأبرياء، وتهدئة الخواطر، وتجنب النزاعات وزرع الوئام لحفظ سوريا، ومنع اراقة المزيد من الدماء، وليبقى السكان المدنيّون بمنأى عن كل انواع المخاطر.
نستمطر رحمة السماء على ارواح الضحايا، والعزاء والصبر لاهليهم، والحكمة والتروي للمعتدين.
وندعو اخيرا، الى احترام الحقوق المقدسّة للانسان في سوريا، انه المخلوق على صورة الله الرحوم والمحب للبشر.


Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

'Wine makes glad the heart of man' (Ps. 104:15). But you who have professed sorrow and grief should turn away from such gladness and rejoice in spiritual gifts. If you rejoice in wine, you will live with shameful thoughts and distress will overwhelm you.

St. Theodore of Edessa