Tue 22 Jul 2014

NNA - Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Gregorios III (Laham) has urged Muslims and Christians to work hand in hand to rescue the Arab East from the perils of the malevolent Takfiri groups that threaten the safety of all citizens in the Arab world and its environs.

Patriarch Gregorios's fresh words on Tuesday came in an appeal to the world’s conscience, urging combined efforts to suppress these extremist groups, which are jeopardizing the security of the whole world and destroying feelings of love, communication, tolerance and friendship among all people of the Arab world and their neighbours.

The Patriarch held the European Union, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and all countries responsible for the growth of these extremist groups, which do not deserve to be dubbed as "Islamic" or "Arab" since Islam and Arabism have nothing to do with such groups.

"These barbaric, malicious Takfiri groups do not only threaten Iraq’s Christians but also all citizens in the Arab world and its neighbours… They also jeopardize the future of living together as Christians and Muslims in the Arab East," Gregorios said in his plea.

On the other hand, Gregorios reiterated the need for seeking a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as a mean to resolve a lot of the hideous sectarian conflicts gripping our beloved East.

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With acknowledgments to the Ministry of Information of the Lebanese Republic
http://www.nna-leb.gov.lb/en/show-news/30318/Gregory-in-appeal-to-world-conscience-For-Muslims-and-Christians-to-work-together-in-salvation-of-Arab-Orient


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 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

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica