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- The Cross.
It is not easy to carry,
Rather its weight crushes your knees,
Until the point you must kneel before you can stand,
It is not small,
Rather many can see it,
And will critique you for carrying it,
For it many will persecute you,
For it many will die,
For the cross we must live,
No sword can grant you eternal life,
Yet the cross,
Once an instrument of death,
Now is an instrument of hope.
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- Third and Final Day of the #IRFMinisterial
Representatives from the Assyrian Policy Institute attended Day 3, which was reserved for governmental delegations and select advocacy groups.
In their remarks, both Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about Dabrina Bet Tamraz (who was also in the audience) and her family’s current plight in Iran.
In the afternoon, an Assyrian delegation, including representatives from AAASC, Assyrian Aid Society, Iraqi Christian Relief Council and Assyrian Policy Institute had constructive meetings with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and Yazda, the leading Yezidi organization in the United States.
The Ministerial ended with a beautiful closing reception at the African-American History Museum.
Special thanks to the US State Department, Ambassador Brownback, Knox Thames and the staff for putting on an impressive event. #assyrians #assyrian #chaldean #syriac #religiousfreedom @iraqichristianrelief @assyrianpolicy @vp @secpompeo
- The Most Reverend Nicholas J. Samra, Eparchial Bishop of Newton, regrets to inform you of the blessed repose of The Most Reverend John Adel Elya, B.S.O., Bishop Emeritus of Newton (Melkite), early this morning, July 19, 2019, at Holy Savior Monastery, Motherhouse of the Basilian Salvatorian Fathers in Joun (Sidon) Lebanon, where he had been residing for the last 10 months. Bishop Elya fell asleep in the Lord while he watched the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Monastery chapel from his bed.
The Funeral and Burial will take place at the Monastery on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, with His Beatitude Joseph (Absi), Melkite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, presiding, along with Bishop Nicholas Samra, Eparchial Bishop of Newton USA, as well as other Melkite Bishops of Lebanon.
Bishop Elya was born in Maghdouche, Lebanon, and entered the Melkite Basilian Salvatorian Order where he professed his solemn vows in 1949. He arrived in the USA in 1954 and served as professor of Moral Theology as well as Rector at St. Basil Seminary, Methuen, MA. In addition, Bishop Elya served as parish priest in several churches in the Eparchy of Newton.
He was ordained bishop on June 29, 1982 and served as Auxiliary Bishop of Newton until January 25, 1994 when he became the Eparchial Bishop of Newton. Following his retirement on June 22, 2004, he resided at St. Basil Monastery of the Basilian Salvatorian Order in Methuen until 10 months ago when he was taken for nursing care to the Motherhouse of Saint Savior Monastery in Lebanon.
O Christ God, with the Saints grant rest to the soul of Your servant, the high priest, Bishop John, in a place where there is no pain, no grief no sighing, but everlasting life!
- La epopeya de Gilgamesh es la obra literaria más antigua de la humanidad. Las primeras versiones datan de época sumeria, en torno a los 2500 años antes de Cristo.
Su origen sin duda es Mesopotámico, en el actual Irak, en ella se habla de un tema universal: la fragilidad del ser humano ante la muerte y su búsqueda de la inmortalidad.
Este era Gilgamesh, rey de Uruk, cuya soberbia irritó a los dioses, los cuales para retarle, crearon a otro ser casi idéntico a él, pero en estado salvaje: el valeroso Ekidu.
Este fue criado en plena naturaleza, lejos de la naciente civilización urbana representada por Gilgamesh, sin embargo, por influencia de los dioses, pronto llegaron noticias de su valía a Uruk. Allí, su rey, no soportando la idea de tener un rival que le hiciera sombra, le mandó llamar traer. Sin embargo, Enkidu no deseaba ir a la ciudad, lejana y nada atractiva para él.
Como reclamo le presentaron a una cortesana, que le introdujo en los placeres de la civilización, entre las que figuraba desde luego el sexo. Así consiguió llevar a Enkidu a presencia de Gilgamesh.
Cuando tuvo lugar el encuentro, ambos se enfrentaron violentamente en una dura pelea. Después de varios día, y al no haber un vencedor claro, decidieron hacer las paces y hacerse amigos, los mejores compañeros de correrías, batallas y desafíos.
Los dioses, contrariados por la impensable amistad entre ambos hombres, decidieron ponerle fin. Por ello, planearon la muerte de Enkidu, causando así gran dolor a Gilgamesh.
Esto provocó que el héroe se planteara la brevedad y la fragilidad del ser humano, proponiéndose alcanzar la fuente de la inmortalidad. Para ello recorrió todo el mundo conocido de entonces, llegando a la morada de los dioses. Estos, apiadados de él, no le dieron el ansiado secreto, pero le esseñaron una planta curativa que prolongaba la vida
A su regreso, Gilgamesh se descuida, y una serpiente devora la planta, por lo que regresa a su ciudad Uruk, donde tiene que conformarse con el consuelo
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- A huge part of my journey these past few years has been reclaiming my ancestral roots ... Although I am half Nordic Norwegian, I've never resonated with that side of my lineage or drawn a lot of energy from it. What does though, has always been my Mother's lineage from Assyria, In northern Iraq, between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. I chose to tattoo the Assyrian Tree of life on my body over the Norse Yggdrasil as a energetic statement; I'm connecting to those roots. 🔻
I've always been discouraged from pursuing old Assyrian things , my relatives always said "You're an American" when I ask about my background and don't like talking about it. The years of active genocide from ISIL and other forces over there , along with years and years of being refugees in Russia has taken it's toll on my family's Assyrian culture. They still speak Neo-Aramaic which is awesome, but it's technically a dead language so they never taught it. There is also still a strong Assyrian Church of the East in Chicago where my family migrated, but it's heavily Catholic. 🔻
Anyways, when I moved to Southern Oregon and found the Faeries, and pursued more modernized neo-pagan new age west coast centric spirituality. I loved how queer friendly and progressive it all was in a way, over heteronormative traditional stuff. It was easier to follow and pre packaged for my spiritual consumption. I knew the name Melek Taus, but always used Dian y Glas to name the archetypal energy I was working with. He has appeared to me in meditation and I've done embodiment work with this energy, as some of you may have seen my looks in ritual, are blue centric with peacock feathers and symbolism all over. 🔻
But most recently I was introduced to Melek Taus stories by a radical Faery friend, a devotee of Inanna. I learned of the Yedzidi people and the active genocides against them, primarily because of their association with the peacock Lord. He is seen as Satanic to the Islamic State. Yedzidis are considered Satan worshippers by the Muslims. I was so incredibly fascinated by the Yedzidis I went into days long binge of all things Yedzidi, and what I found has changed a lot for me...
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