On prayer for the departed:
"In perhaps Christ’s most oft cited statement regarding which sins are forgivable, and which are not, an import point gets overlooked:
Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. Matthew 12:31-32
Let us pay attention to the final line: ‘In this world, or the world to come.’ This portion of the statement lets us know that sins can be forgiven in two periods: this world, and the world to come.”
- Michael Wingert (Syriac Orthodox theologian)
Photo: Sarcophagus (stone coffin) in the cemetery of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Mor Yuhanon in the village of Qeleth, Tur Abdin.
Anyone who prays should pray having his heart in touch with his mouth and his mind with his lips. If, however, he bows down and stretches out his hands in prayer while his heart is daydreaming somewhere else, then he is like the cedars which storms bend down and flatten out. Or if his lips are eagerly murmuring but his mind is somewhere [else], then this resembles the case of doors being buffeted by the winds, which no one can open or shut.
For anyone who stands in prayer a discerning compassion is required. Tears of compunction are also beneficial. He also requires a recollected mind. If he has any grudge against any of his fellows, he should wash this away from his heart. And he should pray in silence, his lips murmuring with awareness. And when he puts the seal on his prayer, let him stop and remain still in silence. He should not occupy himself with empty talk or with unedifying chatter; rather, he should remain in silence and awareness. Then his prayer will be fully accepted by him who receives prayers and pure thoughts.
- Mor Philoxenos of Mabbug
Photo: Father Gabriel Aktas in the Syriac Orthodox Church of Mor Eliyo (St Elijah the Prophet) in the village of Beth Qustan, Tur Abdin.
Let’s get the Paschal Greeting in as many Languages as we can…
Just reblog this, adding one extra language on the end (don’t be greedy). I will start with the English.
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN! (English)
Qom Moran men Qabro! Shariroith Qom! (Syriac)
Aphrahat was a Syriac-Christian author of the 4th century from the Adiabene region of Northern Mesopotamia, which was within the Persian Empire, who composed a series of twenty-three expositions or homilies on points of Christian doctrine and practice.
Not sure where the building in the photo is located, either in Tur Abdin or just south of it, in Nusaybin.
The monk on the photo is Raban Yokin Unval, standing on the roof of the Monastery of Mor Augin in Izlo in southern Tur Abdin, looking down to the borders of Syria.
There is a significant number of works on spirituality, variously attributed in the manuscripts to John the Solitary, John of Apamea, or (incorrectly) John of Lycopolis (or Thebes, died ca. 394). It seems likely that John the Solitary and John of Apamea are two names for the same person, who seems to have lived in the first half of the 5th century.
The Book of Steps is an anonymous Syriac treatise on spiritual direction, probably written in the late 4th century AD (or possibly early 5th century).
The ancient Church of Mor Dimet (Saint Demetrius) in the village of Zaz in Tur Abdin, where there are no Syriac Orthodox families left, is guarded by the old monk in the photo, Ya’qub (Jacob), and a nun.
The Syriac Orthodox Church celebrate the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary today (March 25th). We have a tradition that I believe is only done in our Church where we put on a so called “siboro” around our wrist. This “siboro” consists of a white thread and a red thread winded (I hope this is a real word) around each other.
When Virgin Mary became pregnant the Divine nature (God the Word; the white thread) united with the human nature (the red thread) which God the Word took from Virgin Mary through the holy Spirit’s action. One Nature was formed (without mixture, change), etc.
We wear the “siboro” from March 25th (the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary) until Easter Monday (or Easter Day) when we clip it off and burn it.
Assyriska FF player Stefan Batan sings in Turkish and Suryoyo after a game.
Two great Patriarchs of the Syriac Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox Churches, H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Yacoub III of Antioch (+1980) and H.H. Pope Kyrillos VI of Alexandria (+1971). Between them is former Egyptian president Nasser.
Yacoub III wrote about the Syriac Church:
"Ethnicity: The forerunners among the civilized nations of the first centuries. Its ancestors were the ancient Assyrians and Arameans who gave humanity knowledge and craft."
in his book “History of the Syriac Church of Antioch”.
The monastery of Mor Hananyo, also known as Kurkmo Dayro (in Syriac) or Deir ez-Za’faran (in Arabic) meaning the “Saffron Monastery”, is situated some five kilometers east of Mardin (in South eastern Turkey), in a shallow basin half-way up the side of the mountain ridge. This is one of the most known and ancient structure of Upper Mesopotamia, and the religious center of the Süryani Kadim (Syrian Orthodox) Community. The origins of this imposing monastery goes back to the 5th century; mosaics remaining from that period have still been present. From 1293 until 1932 it was the official seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East. Tradition associates the monastery’s foundation with a certain Shleymun (Solomon), about whom little or nothing is known.
The name “Saffron monastery” is said to derive from the saffron dye used in the building’s plaster-work; the correct name, however, is the “Monastery of Mor Hananyo (St. Ananias)” who was the Metropolitan of Kfartuta (793-800). It was he who renovated the monastery buildings after a period of decline in 793.