The following is an updated list of churches, monasteries and shrines damaged in the Syrian crisis released from the Patriarchate on 21 Dec 2013):

List of Damaged Syrian Churches and Shrines (21-Dec-2013)

Number

Governorate/Region

Place

Denomination

Church of Shrine

1

Damascus and district

Bab Sharqi

Melkite Greek  Catholic

Patriarchate and Cathedral of the Dormition

2

Damascus and district

Bab Touma

Roman Catholic (Latin)

Church and Monastery of the Franciscan Fathers

3

Damascus and district

Bab Sharqi

Syriac Catholic

St Paul's Cathedral 

4

Damascus and district

Bab Touma

Armenian Catholic

Cathedral of the Queen of the World

5

Damascus and district

Qassa'a

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Cyril’s Church

6

Damascus and district

Qassa'a

Greek Orthodox

Holy Cross Church

7

Damascus and district

Telyani

Roman Catholic (Latin)

St Anthony of Padua’s Church

8

Damascus and district

Bab Sharqi

Armenian Orthodox

St Sergius’ Cathedral

9

Damascus and district

Zabadani

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Elias’ Church

10

Damascus and district

Zabadani

Greek Orthodox

Church of the Dormition

11

Damascus and district

Harasta

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Our Lady of Peace

12

Damascus and district

Harasta

Greek Orthodox

St Elias’ Church

13

Damascus and district

Herbin

Greek Orthodox

St George’s Church

14

Damascus and district

Daraya

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Paul's Church

15

Damascus and district

Daraya

Greek Orthodox

St Tekla's Church

16

Damascus and district

Hina

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Elias’ Church

17

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

Sts Sergius and Bacchus’ Monastery

18

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

St George’s Church

19

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Leontius’ Church

20

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Elias’ Church

21

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

Sts Cosmas and Damian’s Shrine

22

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Thomas’ Shrine

23

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Saba’s Shrine

24

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Melkite Greek Catholic

Holy Cherubim Shrine

25

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Greek Orthodox

St Barbara’s Shrine

26

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Greek Orthodox

Shrine of St Elias

27

Damascus and district

Ma’alula

Greek Orthodox

St Tekla’s Church and Monastery

28

Damascus and district

Saydnaya

Greek Orthodox

Church and Monastery of the Holy Cherubim

29

Damascus and district

Saydnaya

Greek Orthodox

Church and Monastery of Our Lady

30

Ar-Raqqah

Ar-Raqqah

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

31

Ar-Raqqah

Ar-Raqqah

Armenian Catholic

Church of the Martyrs

32

Ar-Raqqah

Ar-Raqqah

Melkite Greek Catholic

Christian Education Centre

33

Ar-Raqqah

Ar-Raqqah

Melkite Greek Catholic

Family Fraternity (care centre for the disabled )

34

Ar-Raqqah

Al-Tabaqah

Melkite Greek Catholic

Sts Sergius and Bacchus' Church

35

Ar-Raqqah

Madinat al-Thawra

Greek Orthodox

New-style Church

36

Ar-Raqqah

Tell Abiad

Armenian Orthodox

Holy Cross Church

37

Ar-Raqqah

Tell Abiad

Armenian Orthodox

Autonomous Church

38

Al-Hasakah

Ras al-Ain

Syriac orthodox

St Thomas’ Church

39

Deir al-Zur and district

Deir al-Zur

Armenian Catholic

Gregory the Illuminator’s Church

40

Deir al-Zur and district

Deir al-Zur

Latin

Church and Monastery of the Capuchin Fathers

41

Deir al-Zur and district

Deir al-Zur

Latin

Sisters’ Church

42

Deir al-Zur and district

Deir al-Zur

Syriac orthodox

Church of Our Lady

43

Deir al-Zur and district

Deir al-Zur

Armenian Orthodox

Church of the Martyrs

44

Aleppo

Sahat farahat

Melkite Greek Catholic

Archbishopric

45

Aleppo

Sahat farahat

Greek Melkite Catholic

Cathedral of the Dormition

46

Aleppo

Al-jedayda

Armenian Orthodox

Church of the Forty Martyrs

47

Aleppo

Al-azizyah

Latin

Monastery of St Francis of Assisi

48

Aleppo

Aal-fillat

Greek Orthodox

St Elias’ Church

49

Aleppo

Alazizyah

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Michael’s Church

50

Aleppo

Al-jedayda

Maronite

St Elias’ Church

51

Aleppo

Sabeh-bahrat

Evangelical

Arab Evangelical 

52

Aleppo

Al-Mydan

Armenian Orthodox

St Kevork’s Church

53

Aleppo

Brad

Maronite

St Maroun's Church

54

Jisr Al-Shugour and district

Al-Qnayyah

Latin

Church and Monastery of St Joseph

55

Jisr Al-Shugour and district

Al-Yacubiyeh

Latin

Our Lady’s Church

56

Jisr Al-Shugour and district

Al-Yacubiyeh

Armenian Orthodox

Holy Cherubim Church

57

Jisr Al-Shugour and district

Al-Yacubiyeh

Armenian Orthodox

Church and Monastery of St Anna

58

Jisr Al-Shugour and district

Al-qasaneyeh

Latin

Church and Monastery of St Anthony of Padua

59

Jisr Al-Shugour and district

Jisr Al-Shugour

Latin

Church of the Sacred Hearts

60

Dar’a

 Chakra

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

61

Dar’a

 Namir

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

62

Dar’a

Rakham

Melkite Greek Catholic

Sts Peter and Paul’s Church

63

Dar’a

Dar’a

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of St John Damascene

64

Dar’a

Al-Mismyah

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

65

Homs and district

Yabroud

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Sts Constantine and Helena

66

Homs and district

Yabroud

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church of Our Lady

67

Homs and district

Sadad

Syriac Orthodox

St George’s Church

68

Homs and district

Sadad

Syriac Orthodox

St Michael’s Church and Cemetery

69

Homs and district

Sadad

Syriac Orthodox

St Elias’ Church

70

Homs and district

Sadad

Syriac Orthodox

St Theodore’s Church

71

Homs and district

Qara

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Michael’s Church

72

Homs and district

Qara

Melkite Greek Catholic

Monastery  of St James the Mutilated

73

Homs and district

Rablah

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Elias’ Church and Monastery

74

Homs and district

An-Nabk

Syriac Catholic

Monastery of St Moses the Abyssinian

75

Homs and district

An-Nabk

Syriac Catholic

St Moses' Church

76

Homs and district

An-Nabk

Melkite Greek Catholic

St George’s Church

77

Homs and district

Al Husn

Melkite Greek Catholic

Church and Monastery of the Dormition

78

Homs and district

Giwar-al-hafes

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Joseph’s Church

79

Homs and district

Hawash

Greek Orthodox

St John Chrysostom’s Church

80

Homs and district

Deir Atiyah

Greek Orthodox

Church of the Dormition

81

Homs and district

Deir Atiyah

Melkite Greek Catholic

Our Lady’s Church

82

Homs and district

Al-Qusayr

Melkite Greek Catholic

St Elias’ Church

83

Homs and district

Bostan Al Dewan

Latin

Monastery of the Jesuit Fathers

84

Homs and district

Al-hamidieh

Maronite

St Charbel's Church

85

Homs and district

Bostan Al Dewan

Melkite Greek Catholic

Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace

86

Homs and district

Al-hamidieh

Syriac orthodox

Our Lady’s Church

87

Homs and district

Al-hamidieh

Greek Orthodox

St Elias’ Church

88

Homs and district

Bostan Al Dewan

Greek Orthodox

Cathedral of the Forty Martyrs

 

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

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

What, then, are the things which are being prepared for those who wait for Him? The Creator and Father of the ages, the All-holy One, Himself knows their greatness and beauty. Let us then strive to be found among the number of those that wait, that we may receive a share of the promised gifts.

St. Clement of Rome