Skip to comments.Syria: Easter Cancelled In Homs After Churches Bombed ["First Time In Centuries No Services"]
Posted on 04/08/2012 8:43:01 PM PDT by Steelfish
Syria: Easter Cancelled In Homs After Churches Bombed For the first time in centuries no services were held to mark the festival of Easter in Christian churches of war-torn Homs as the Syria government inflicted a heavy bombardment in defiance of UN-brokered ceasefire talks.
By Ruth Sherlock 08 Apr 2012
The three principal churches for Christian denominations in the city, which until a few months ago was home to Syrias third largest Christian community, were virtually abandoned. Other small churches have been destroyed as private homes became the places of worship on Sunday with priests and locals gathering in secret.
All are located in districts have been left devastated by weeks of heavy shelling.
There is no celebration. For one week, there have been no sounds coming from the churches or the mosques, said Saleem, a resident speaking from his home in Homs Old City, where most of the churches are located.
Government forces have shelled the area this morning. It is too dangerous to go outside.
Homs at Easter used to be a tapestry of colourful parades, said Dima Moussa, a member of the Syrian National Council who recalled years of festive visits to her family in Homs as a young woman.
You could feel Easter across the whole city. Everybody would put on their best clothes, a the children would parade around their church playing instruments, said Dima. We painted boiled eggs and brought them to Church to be blessed.
It is a family occasion. Everyone would visit their relatives, bringing with them colourful eggs and chocolate for the children. My grandparents would put on huge meals, often a whole sheep, for the whole family.
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Curiously, to the Mideast Christians who come to our parish in Advent selling carved Nativities and such, this kind of thing is somehow the Jews’ fault.