Skip to comments.Hymn by Chaldean Catholic Priest-Martyr in Iraq (Fr. Ragheed Ganni) (Catholic-Orthodox Caucus)
Posted on 01/02/2009 11:38:14 AM PST by Pyro7480
Hear the voice of a Christian Martyr singing a hymn in Arabic to the Blessed Mother, while watching a slideshow of his funeral mass. Hear the angelic voice of Father Ragheed Ganni, a 35 year old Chaldean Catholic Priest killed on Sunday June 3rd, 2007 with three of his deacons right after celebrating mass at Holy Spirit Chaldean Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq. The car of Father Ragheed and the three deacons was stopped by terrorists shortly after leaving the church. They were forced to get down from the car and asked to declare their conversion to Islam. When the four martyrs refused they were brutally gunned down with machine guns. Lord, protect all the innocent people of Iraq and all those trying to defend them. Jesus we trust in you and we are sustained by the prayers of your most holy mother to whom you never refuse a request. We pray for the repentance and conversion of Father Ragheed's killers and all other terrorists. May she who gave birth to us at the foot of the cross beg you for mercy.
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Translation of the Arabic words:
We honor you with hymns O Mother of God, you are the pride of the whole earth, because the Word of God whom the Father sent, chose to take His human body from you. The generations call you blessed, all nations and people's honor you and ask for mercy by your prayers. You are a generous earth in which plants of joy always grow.
Thank you so much.
A son is now in the arms of his mother in heaven.
Thanks be to God.
Ping with prayer...
Fr. Ragheed and his deacon companions, pray for us!
New martyrs of Iraq, pray for us sinners.
Very sad. More Christians in the arms of the Father.
As the mother of a future priest, my heart is pierced for the mother of this brave soldier for Christ. My prayers to her, as her son has been received into the arms of His spiritual mother Mary. I pray for all our soldier AND SOULdiers. Both are important on the front lines.......
I think this hymn is just hauntingly beautiful.
The ranks of heavens host swell.
He has entered the church triumphant, His prayers for the Pilgrim Church on earth will be filled with power.