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!”
Video by Mighty LA, the ones who brought you A Letter from the People of the Cross to ISIS
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
In Memoriam — A Video, Liturgic Chant and Iconography Tribute and Islam’s New Martyrs’ ‘Army’
The Glorification of 1241 New Martyrs of Naousa
Central photograph of St. Philoumenos the New Righteous Hieromartyr, the Cypriot, at Jacob’s Well where Christ spoke with St. Photini. Surrounding are other pictures and icons of St. Philoumenos and associated scenes. He was martyred on November 16th/29th 1979
St. Philoumenos the New Hieromartyr of Jacob’s Well
Holy New-Martyrs of Jasenovac
St. Jacob of Hamatoura
Synaxis of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia
… Three centuries later; we see Muslim children carrying the heads of the people their fundamentalist parents have murdered. We hear these children calling for more executions. The only difference is that, this time, Western journalists are also killed.
The West may be in shock, but Eastern Europe isn’t. For us, this is just the return of a very recent nightmare. Less than a century ago, the Ottoman Empire was still present here, in our countries. Think about that!
New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke
We all – West and East – have so much to learn from each other. The world needs to look at its past – its common past. The West needs to understand that what happens in other parts of the world will one day (very soon, it seems) happen at home, in its own back-yard.
The 1241 New Martyrs of Naousa who were brutally massacred
The 21 New Martyrs of Egypt & Libya
Saint Ephraim the Newly-Revealed Wonderworker of Nea Makri
Holy New Martyrs Emmanuel, Anezina, George and Maria, The Four Crypto-Christians New Martyrs
The 100,000 Holy Martyrs of Tbilisi
When one visits the thousands of Orthodox monasteries in Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, one must learn how to see beyond their exterior beauty and exoticism. All these places are built on harrowing pain and horror, yet they remain living prayers for the peace and salvation of the whole world; for centuries, they’ve held on to a holy stubbornness to not let go of hope, to not let go of love, to not allow hate to win and take over our hearts.
New Martyrs Raphael, Nikolaos, Eirini
If that happened, if we let go of love and embraced the hatred, we’d be denying Christ; we’d be losing the real battle, the battle these old and new Christian martyrs died for.
Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here: a quote from the first act of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
“As the world reels from the horrors we have read and talked about since Thursday, our only recourse remains that which is the most powerful: prayer.” (Ryan Hunter)
“The Muslim threat will not be neutralized, and Muslims will not come to see the falsehood of their own faith, – which, after all, must be our hope and the only real solution to the problem – until and unless the Christians stop appeasing them through their anti-Christian ecumenism and debauchery, demonstrating in their own lives what it is to be a real Christian. The present confrontation between Western ecumenism and Muslim terrorism is providential … a final appeal to the conscience of Western Christians to cast off their indifference and acquire zeal for the one true faith, which is Christianity.” http://www.orthodoxchristianbooks.com/articles/690/islamic-terrorism-western-ecumenism/
Holy Martyrs of Libya (21 christians killed by IS terrorists)
Behold the man! The vision and the glory of God.
(Adam from the cycle “Testimonies”, detail)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31), from the cycle “Earthly stories with a heavenly meaning: Parables of Christ”, 2014
“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Mt 12:39-40)”
Jn 12:1-11; Lk 7:36-50
Akathist to St. Démétrios de Thessalonique, Kontakion10 / Oikos 10
Akathist to St. Démétrios de Thessalonique– Kontakion 6/ Ikos 6, Nikola Saric, 130×160 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2009
The Parable of the Great Banquet (Lk 14:15-24), from the cycle “Earthly stories with a heavenly meaning: Parables of Christ”, 2014
Parable of the Lost Sheep (Lk 15:3-7), from the cycle “Earthly stories with a heavenly meaning: Parables of Christ”, 2014
Joy and happiness arose in the house of Jacob. Joseph is alive!
[Nikola Saric’s Paintings and own Captions]
- Saric’s recent publication “Earthy stories with a heavenly meaning: Parables of Christ”
Windows Into Heaven
Nikola Sarić (born 1985) studied at the TehnoArt School, the Faculty of Applied Arts (art restoration and conservation) and the Academy of Serbian Orthodox Church (fresco painting), all in Belgrade. He focuses on painting, bespoke wall design projects and producing a range of hand-made products under the label Wallsuit.
Saric, a versatile and prolific artist, specialises in sculpting, mosaic, painting, design and calligraphy. Beside working as an independent artist, he holds mosaic courses in Hannover.
Nurtured in the practice of church art, his artistic expression is deriving from sacred Greco-Roman and oriental art. In his works, through the immediacy and simplicity of visual elements, he is trying to convey the intuition of a “transfigured world” and its everlasting glow, harmony and beauty. His interpretations reflect the personal spiritual experience as well as the tradition that breathes and evolves within the concepts of contemporaries.
For his decorative arts projects and bespoke wall design projects, go to http://www.wallsuit.de
To watch Saric at work, ‘suiting a wall’, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FvzZBmF5nQ&feature=youtu.be
Photos from a recent church exhibition:
For more information please visit his website nikolasaric.de