CWN - A Syrian archbishop who has been heavily critical of US military involvement in Syria has now decried the notion that Russia is engaged in a “holy war” against the Islamic State.

Reflecting on statements by Russian Orthodox officials who supported their country’s military engagement, Archbishop Jacques Hindo of Hassake-Nisibis said that references to a “holy war” were “a foolish way to define what is going on in Syria.”

The archbishop told the Fides news agency that the notion of a “holy war” is a dangerous one, being put forward by clerics “who do not live in the Middle East.” He warned against ideological exploitation of the suffering endured by Christians in the region.

Pointing out that Islamic extremists regularly claim that they are engaged in a “holy war” of their own, Archbishop Hindo said: “With similar expressions, we confirm their bloody ideology: if indeed there is an ongoing Holy War, they can better justify every wickedness also against the Christians here.”

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, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?" Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility."

St. Anthony the Great