New Martyrs. New Mob. New Hollow Men.


“One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'” (1)


They are the “new martyrs” and sadly, we are the “new mob”, “we are the hollow men”.


“I’ve learnt something important from the horrors of the last few weeks. As I pray for the Christians in Mosul, it becomes clear to me that I need their prayers more than they need mine. … I thank God for the humbling gift of allowing me to witness these new martyrs walking on their way to salvation before my very eyes. … We are witnessing the birth of holiness; we are part of a miracle.” (2)


The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot


We are the hollow men

… Alas!

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

As …

rats’ feet over broken glass

In our dry cellar…


This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.


Watch Marlon Brando legendary reading of “The Hollow Men” in Francis Ford Coppola’s and Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking classic Apocalypse Now (1979) at and also listen to T. S. Eliot himself reading it in his own unforgettable manner at



(2) For the full article “NEW MARTYRS. NEW MOB” go to Father Seraphim’s last year blog entry at, ” still timely, with the ever-rising wave of genocidal persecution of Christians by Muslims.