The followingis a list of churches, monasteries and shrines damaged in the Syrian crisis (compiled 22 Nov 2013) released from the Patriarchate on 17 Dec 2013):

Number

Church or shrine

Denomination

Governorate / Region

Place

1

Patriarchate

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Bab Sharqi

2

St Vincent de Paul’s Church

Roman Catholic

Damascus and district

Bab Touma

3

St Paul’s Cathedral

Syriac Catholic

Damascus and district

Bab Sharqi

4

St Cyril’s Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Qassa'a

5

Holy Cross Church

Greek Orthodox

Damascus and district

Qassa'a

6

Cathedral

Armenian Orthodox

Damascus and district

Bab Sharqi

7

Prophet Elias’ Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Zabadani

8

Church of Our Lady of Peace

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Harasta

9

Prophet Elias’ Church

Greek Orthodox

Damascus and district

Harasta

10

Sts Peter and Paul’s Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Daraya

11

Church

Greek Orthodox

Damascus and district

Daraya

12

Monastery of Sts Sergius and Bacchus

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

13

St George’s Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

14

St Leontius’ Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

15

St Elias’ Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

16

Sts Cosmas and Damian’s Church

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

17

Saint Thomas’ Shrine

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

18

St Saba’s

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

19

Shrine of the Holy Cherubim

Greek Catholic

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

20

St. Barbara’s Shrine

Greek Orthodox

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

21

Shrine of Mar Elias

Greek Orthodox

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

22

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

Greek Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Al-Hasakah

23

Church of the Martyrs

Armenian Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Ar-Raqqa

24

Christian Education Centre

Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Ar-Raqqa

25

Family fraternity (care centre for the disabled )

Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Deir al-Zur

26

Sts Sergius and Bacchus’ Church

Greek Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Al-Tabaqah

27

St Gregory the Illuminator’s Church

Armenian Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Al-Hasakah

28

Church and Monastery of the Capuchin Fathers

Roman Catholic

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Deir al-Zur

29

Church of Our Lady

 Syriac Orthodox

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Deir al-Zur

30

New Church of Tabaka

Interdenominational

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Madinat al-Thawra

31

Holy Cross Church

Armenian Orthodox

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Tell Abiad

32

Church of Our Lady

Syriac Orthodox

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

 Qamishly

33

St Thomas’ Church

 Syriac Orthodox

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

Hasaka - Ras al-Ain

34

 Our Lady’s Church

Armenian Orthodox

Al-Hasakah, Ar-Raqqa and Deir al-Zur

 Nasra (al-Hasakah)

Number

Church or shrine

Denomination

Governorate/ Region

Place

35

Church of Sts Constantine and Helena

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Yabrud

36

Church of Our Lady

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Yabrud

37

Church and monastery of al-Husn

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Christian Valley

38

St Joseph’s Church

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Jwar Al-‘Afs  

39

Church of St John Chrysostom

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Hawash

40

Church  of Our Lady’s Girdle

Syriac Orthodox

Homs and districts

Homs city

41

St Michael’s Church and Cemetery

Greek Orthodox

Homs and districts

Homs

42

St George’s  Church

Syriac Orthodox

Homs and districts

Sadad

43

St Michael’s Church

Syriac Orthodox

Homs and districts

Sadad

44

St Sergius’ Church

Syriac Orthodox

Homs and districts

Sadad

45

Mar Elias Monastery

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Rablah

46

Mar Elias Church

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Al-Qusayr

47

Monastery of Saint James the Mutilated

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Qara

48

St. Michael’s Church

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Qara

49

Our Lady of Peace Cathedral

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Homs - Bab asiba’

50

Church of the Dormition of Our Lady

Greek Catholic

Homs and districts

Homs - Bab asiba’

51

Monastery of the Jesuit Fathers

Roman Catholic

Homs and districts

Homs city

52

Church of the Forty Martyrs

Greek Orthodox

Homs and districts

Homs city

53

Archbishopric

Greek Catholic

Aleppo

Aleppo

54

Cathedral of the Dormition

Greek Catholic

Aleppo

Aleppo

Number

 Church or shrine

 Denomination

 Eparchy

 District

55

Chakra Church

Greek Catholic

Bosra, Hauran and Jabal al-Arab

Hauran - Chakra

56

Church of the Annunciation

Greek Catholic

Bosra, Hauran and Jabal al-Arab

Hauran - Namir

57

Sts Peter and Paul’s Church

Greek Catholic

Bosra, Hauran and Jabal al-Arab

Hauran - Rakham

58

St John of Damascus’ Church

Greek Catholic

Bosra, Hauran and Jabal al-Arab

Dar’a

 

Must all churches, mosques, homes and villages be destroyed in order to end the war on Syria?!

With my love and my blessing

 

+Gregorios III

Patriarch of Antioch and All the East,

Of Alexandria and Jerusalem


Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The demons are sleepless and immaterial, death is at hand, and I am weak. Lord, help me; do not let Your creature perish, for You care for me in my misery.

St. Peter of Damascus