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.


Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Teachings of Christ

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

Entry into Jerusalem

As we were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, * we were made worthy of immortal life by Your Resurrection, * and we praise You in song, crying out: * “Hosanna in the highest! * Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.” (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.

As you were carried upon a throne in heaven and upon a colt on earth, * O Christ God, you accepted the praise of angels and the songs of children who cry out to You: * “Blessed are You Who has come to to call back Adam!” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

[The Lord] is always knocking at the doors of our hearts, that we may open to Him, that He may enter in and rest in Our souls, and we may wash and anoint His feet, and He may make His abode with us. The Lord in that passage reproaches the man who did not wash His feet (Luke 7:44); and again He says elsewhere, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man will open unto Me, I shall come in unto him" (Rev. 3:20). To this end He endured to suffer many things, giving His own body unto death, and purchasing us out of bondage, in order that He might come to our soul and make His abode with it.. ..His food and His drink, His clothing and shelter and rest is in our souls. Therefore He is always knocking, desiring to enter into us.. Let us then receive Him, and bring Him within ourselves; because He is our food and our drink and our eternal life, and every soul that has not now received Him within and given Him rest, or rather found rest in Him, has no inheritance in the kingdom of heaven with the saints, and cannot enter into the heavenly city.. But Thou, Lord Jesus Christ, bring us thereunto, glorifying Thy name, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen

St Macarius the Great