Christmas and Islam’s New Martyrs

“Is Christianity in trouble?  Is it in danger of becoming extinct?  I don’t believe so…” (1)

 

“The gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18)

 

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New Martyr Father Daniil Sysoev of Moscow
Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy, and Apostle to the Muslims
†Nov. 19, 2009

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9)

“And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Revelation 6:11)

 

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May 13, 2001 — the martyric death of Priest Igor Rozin on the feast day of St. Ignatius, Bishop of the Caucasus, in the city of Tyrnyauz in the North Caucasus.

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† New Martyr Evgeny Rodionov of Chechnya (May 23) http://facingislam.blogspot.gr/2013/05/new-martyr-evgeny-rodionov-of-chechnya.html

 

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Without specifically mentioning Islam, over a millennium of Muslim persecution of Christians, the genocide against Christians today, or the theological jihad of the tawhidists, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, in less than 350 words, conveys the depth of the mystery, paradox and irony of the Incarnation:

[The Word of God] sees a world in bondage to the forces of evil and He submits Himself to that evil in order to destroy it forever.

 

 

It is because Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, voluntarily “submits” (the meaning of the word, “Islam”) Himself to the forces of evil, that His extreme humility, His kenotic sacrifice, destroys that evil forever.

This is why the forces of Islam “rage against the Lord and against His Christ” (cf. Psalm 2), for they know that they have been defeated by Him Who is pure, holy, humble, and meek, Who becomes man and sacrifices Himself to restore all mankind to the Father.

Through His meekness, the proud are humbled.

Through His submission, those who try to force submission from others are overthrown.

Through His forgiveness from the Cross, even His persecutors can be converted and inherit the Kingdom!

We shall have to endure much to enter the Kingdom, but as His Beatitude and Bishop Paul remind us, Christ has already won the victory through His Incarnation, His sufferings, His crucifixion, and His Resurrection. Let us walk as Children of Light, and confess Him faithfully, so that we shall not be ashamed at His Second and Glorious Coming! (2)

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21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya http://facingislam.blogspot.gr/search/label/Coptic%20Martyrs

 “…Truly, “Great are the works of the Lord!”
 
He sees a world filled with suffering and He Himself voluntarily suffers to make a path to healing.
 
He sees a world dying and He Himself dies to bring resurrection and unending life.
 
He sees a world in darkness and He Himself enters that darkness to bring a divine light that can never be extinguished.
 
He sees a world in bondage to the forces of evil and He submits Himself to that evil in order to destroy it forever. …” (3)

 

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† 4 November 2014
Pakistani New Martyrs Shahzad and Shama, killed by a Muslim mob

Christian couple lynched for blasphemy: the police accused of negligence http://facingislam.blogspot.gr/2015/10/pakistani-new-martyrs-shahzad-and-shama.htm

 

“And war broke out in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.  Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!  Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea!  For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.’”(Revelation 12:7-12)

 

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New-Martyr Mary the Copt

Friday, March 28, 2014

Killed by a Muslim Mob who saw the Cross hanging from her rearview mirror.http://facingislam.blogspot.gr/2015/07/new-martyr-mary-copt.html

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New Martyr Helen the Accountant

†March 15, 2013

Killed by her Muslim husband for converting to Christ.

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New Martyr Fr. Ragheed Ganni of Iraq, 

Heroic Chaldean Confessor and Witness for Christ

New Martyr Fr. Ragheed Ganni and his Three Sub-Deacons (†2007)

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands” (Revelation 20:4)

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” (  Tertullian’s  famous quote)

 

Dedicated to our Church’s most choice children, the faithful martyrs, who guarantee its ongoing life, especially amidst its most glorious eras, those of persecution.
(1) For the full Nativity message of His Grace, Bishop Paul, in light of the genocide against Christians is occurring in the Middle East,  go to http://midwestdiocese.org/news_151221_2.html
 
 
See also Paris Massacre: An Act of war and the Army of Islam’s New Martyrs at https://orthodoxcityhermit.com/2015/11/14/paris-massacre-an-act-of-war-and-the-army-of-islams-new-martyrs/
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You Die For Your God But Our God Died For Us

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VIDEO: The Great Persecution of our Time is Here —

The Nine Overcoming ISIS 

Watch this powerful mini-documentary about nine confessors of Jesus Christ in Iraq

“Lord Jesus Christ, grant us all this faith and courage to bear our crosses and confess You before the world, to love and forgive our persecutors, and to follow You even to Golgotha. And to give You thanks and glory through it all!”

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“Who would dare to love ISIS?” was the question asked in the first film. Now, come and hear the testimonies of 9 refugees who fled ISIS and left everything behind. They dare to love ISIS and they dare to bring a message of hope – to counter ISIS’s message of hate. … Their testimony and faith, forged by fire, will bring healing to the nations. God has shaken the Middle East and from its ruins, deep faith is stirring in the hearts of the persecuted.

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Video by Mighty LA, the ones who brought you A Letter from the People of the Cross to ISIS 

 
For those of you who have missed it, watch and absorb their first video, their phenomenal response to ISIS and their ‘Message Signed in Blood to the Nation of the Cross’. As the Savior might say, “Let it sink deep down into your very being.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSv4vBcFyvo
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A Letter from the People of the Cross to ISIS 

 

The world is talking about you

Your apocalyptic dreams and spectacular sins

Are now awakening the Middle East

In your Holy War, come to Holy Ground

Come, children of Abraham come

The People of the Cross gathers at your gates with a message

Love is coming after you.

Like a rush of wind grazing over the Pacific

From hills of the mount of olives to the desert winds of Jordan

From the cedars of lebanon to the silk roads of the East

An army comes.

With no tanks or soldiers

But an army of martyrs faithful unto death

Carrying a message of life

The people of the cross

Comes to die at your gates.

If you won’t hear our message with words

Then we will show you with our lives laid down.

For every throat you slit and every woman you rape

For every man you burn and every child you turn to dust

 

There is blood on your hands brother

 But Come Brothers Come

 

Come with your bloodstained hands,

Come with your eyes full of murder for the people of the Cross,

Come lay your guns and your knives at the foot of the Cross

A love that is overdue and overwhelming

Breathes through your cities

Though your sins are like scarlet

They can be washed white as snow

Though you call yourselves servants

He will make you into Sons

Where can you run from His love?

Even the darkness cannot hide you

 

Come Brothers Come

 

There is the sound of a rushing rain

To remove your sins and bind your wounds

You die for your god but our God died for us

The King of Kings comes to be the sacrificial lamb

Slain on the altar where we should have been

Jesus Christ, Isa Al Masih

Walks through the Middle East

 

There is forgiveness tonight oh brother

There is healing for your sins oh brother

We are no different.

Apart from Christ, we are no better than the worst jihadist

Christ has been crucified once. and for All.

To make sinners like you and me into brothers

Even you.

Even now.

 

 

 
Source: http://facingislam.blogspot.gr/2015/12/video-nine-overcoming-isis-great.html?
 

See also https://orthodoxcityhermit.com/2015/11/14/paris-massacre-an-act-of-war-and-the-army-of-islams-new-martyrs/

 

Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.

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A favourite scene by an all-time favourite film-maker of spiritual quest: The Sacrifice (Offret) by A.Tarkovsky 1986 – PRAYER: The Lord’s Prayer. The scene poignantly illustrates the power of faith and self-sacrifice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4z8Y-NpW1c

The Sacrifice, Tarkovsky’s swan song, tells in esoteric terms of Christian iconography, masterly mise-en-scène, and astounding use of sound composition, of a literary critic, once an actor (Josephson), who promises to give up everything ‘that connects him with the world’ in a bid to save it from the impending nuclear holocaust he hears announced on television.