4-7 September 2013

The events in Ma’alula represent an encroachment on the holiest and oldest Christian sites, on Christian heritage and the cradle of Christianity.

Each shell aimed at Ma’alula and Syria falls on:
• Sacred sites
• Saint Paul
• Saint Thecla
• The martyrs
• Saint Marun
• Four thousand Christians
• The first Christian church dating back two thousand years
• Christian heritage
• Saint Symeon
• Early Christian memory
• The place where Saint Paul sojourned three years
• Saint Sergius (Rasafa)
• Daniel the Stylite
• Moses the Abyssinian
• Saint James the Mutilated
• Ananias

The attack on Ma’alula is an attack on the holiest Christian sites and heritage, the cradle of Christianity.

So let’s go, not to the bitter end, but to the better end!

We can forgive everyone who caused the events - even the victims, abducted and wounded - in Ma’alula - but we say to everyone: Enough is enough! Enough is enough! Enough is enough!

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)