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ASIA/SYRIA - The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus: "It is an Apocalypse, We Await the Resurrection"
Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/20/12

Posted on 07/20/2012 8:35:08 AM PDT by marshmallow

Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - "One lives an apocalypse in Damascus, and we hope with all our heart, mind and strength, that resurrection may soon arrive": is what is said in a message sent to Fides Agency by His Exc. Mgr. Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus.

In the dramatic testimony sent to Fides, the Archbishop said: "Since Tuesday fighting has been raging in Damascus with heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters, in a city full of civilians. The destruction is enormous. What an ordeal! The clashes are taking place in the streets and moving from one district to another. I cannot sleep for fear and for the noise of bombs and gunfire. The temperature is above 40 ° and often there are power outages. There is insufficient supply in many areas, we are short of bread, vegetables, cooking gas and fuel for the furnaces. The population is terrified and does not know where to take shelter. The roads to Jordan, Iraq, to Aleppo and the north area of Homs are closed.

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1 posted on 07/20/2012 8:35:14 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow; NYer

Lord have mercy. Prayers for the Maronites.

Marana tha!


2 posted on 07/20/2012 9:30:26 AM PDT by Claud
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To: marshmallow

They need to work their way to southern Lebanon .
Before all this is over it will be under Israeli control .
There is a huge evangelical church there where they can actually hear the Gospel , if they didn’t allegorize everything they would actually know what is going on .

Jer 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.

Stop cursing the Israelis and start helping them


3 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:03 AM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: marshmallow; Claud; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; ...
Thank you marshmallow for posting this thread.


Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - "One lives an apocalypse in Damascus, and we hope with all our heart, mind and strength, that resurrection may soon arrive": is what is said in a message sent to Fides Agency by His Exc. Mgr. Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus. In the dramatic testimony sent to Fides, the Archbishop said: "Since Tuesday fighting has been raging in Damascus with heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters, in a city full of civilians. The destruction is enormous. What an ordeal! The clashes are taking place in the streets and moving from one district to another. I cannot sleep for fear and for the noise of bombs and gunfire. The temperature is above 40 ° and often there are power outages. There is insufficient supply in many areas, we are short of bread, vegetables, cooking gas and fuel for the furnaces. The population is terrified and does not know where to take shelter. The roads to Jordan, Iraq, to Aleppo and the north area of Homs are closed. You see a long snake of people fleeing on the road to Lebanon: an exodus that occurs in the general panic."

Turning to the displaced of Damascus, the Archbishop says: "I hope you find a home, remembering that in the past, the Syrians welcomed the Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqis refugees."

Mgr. Nassar continues: "the few faithful who had the courage to come to Mass lit many candles at the tomb of the Blessed Martyrs of Damascus. They exchanged greetings and tears, in fear of seeing each other for the last time, before returning home between gunfire and explosions." The violence that has torn the other cities of Syria had been spared in Damascus: "Now it is our turn to suffer and die. We have just built a shelter under the stairs, to escape the bombs and the cellars of the parish have been cleared up. It is an apocalypse: we hope that resurrection arrives soon, after much suffering." (PA) (Agenzia Fides 20/7/2012)


Mgr. Nassar continues: "the few faithful who had the courage to come to Mass lit many candles at the tomb of the Blessed Martyrs of Damascus.

Brief History

The Maronites (as well as the Melkites) were staunch defenders of the Council of Chalcedon. The monks of St. Maron took the lead in preaching the true doctrine and stopping the propagation of heresy. The monks describe their activity in a memorandum sent by the priest Alexander, who was head of the Monastery to the Bishops of the region. This memorandum was inserted in the acts of the Fifth Ecumenical Council of Constantinople in 553.

In a letter addressed to Pope Hormisdas in 517, monks of St. Maron address the Pope as the one occupying the Chair of St. Peter, and inform him that they are undergoing many sufferings and attacks patiently. They single out Antiochian Patriarchs Severus and Peter, who, they say, anathematize the Council of Chalcedon and Pope Leo, whose formula the Council had adopted. The Maronites are mocked for their support of the Council and are suffering afflictions. The Emperor Anastasius had sent an army that had marched through the district of Apamea closing monasteries and expelling the monks. Some had been beaten and others were thrown into prison. While on the way to St. Simon Stylite, the Maronites had been ambushed and 350 monks were killed, even though some of them had taken refuge at the altar. The monastery was burned. The Maronites appealed to the Emperor in Constantinople, but to no avail. Now, they appeal to the Pope for deliverance against the enemies of the Fathers and the Council. They exclaim: "Do not therefore look down upon us, Your Holiness, we who are daily attacked by ferocious beasts. . . . We anathematize Nestorius, Eutyches, Dioscorus, Peter of Alexandria and Peter the Fuller of Antioch, and all their followers and those who defend their heresies." The letter was signed first by Alexander, priest and archimandrite of St. Maron. Over 200 other signatures follow, of other archimandrites, priests and deacons. The importance of the Monastery of Bet Maroun is evidenced by Alexander's name leading the list of delegates.

Pope Hormisdas, in a letter dated February 10, 518, tells the archimandrites, priests, and deacons of the region of Apamea that he read their letter describing the persecutions of the heretics. He consoles them in their sufferings and tells them not to despair for they are gaining eternal life through this. The Emperor Justinian restored the walls of the principal monastery of St. Maron.
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The Maronite Catholic Church is the only Eastern Church that has remained faithful to the pope. Where Peter is, there is the Church .

Feast Day of the 350 Maronite Monks is July 31.

4 posted on 07/20/2012 1:31:06 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: Lera
There is a huge evangelical church there where they can actually hear the Gospel

What an ignorant and insulting comment.

5 posted on 07/20/2012 1:36:03 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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Really ?

The other option they have is stay exactly where they are and get their heads chopped or get their hands and feet chopped off and get strapped to a wooden pole because that is exactly what the muslims are going to do to them if they don’t get out. You better start reading what the muslim brother hood has plans to do by reading their writings .


6 posted on 07/20/2012 1:48:28 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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The other option they have is stay exactly where they are and get their heads chopped or get their hands and feet chopped off and get strapped to a wooden pole because that is exactly what the muslims are going to do to them if they don’t get out.

Please see my post #4.

7 posted on 07/20/2012 2:34:22 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: Lera

Where did you get cursing the Israelis from? I didn’t see it.


8 posted on 07/20/2012 11:38:31 PM PDT by AliVeritas (God's will be done. Pray, Pray, Pray, Penance, Penance, Penance.)
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