New DC bible museum to display Israeli artifacts

The new Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, will display a collection of biblical artifacts discovered in Israel after reaching an agreement with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).

The artifacts—stone and alabaster vessels, figurines, glassware, jewelry, and more—come from different eras, including from the First and Second Temple periods as well as the Canaanite period, according to Micky Saban, head of the IAA’s National Treasures Department.

ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria

ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria
ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria
ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria
ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria

Photos posted on ISIS social media sites show the destruction of Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs. Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6. An estimated 1,400 Syriac Orthodox and 400 Syriac Catholic Assyrians lived in Qaryatain before it fell to ISIS.

Spotlight on the Eastern Churches: The Syriac Orthodox Church

Resilient best describes the Syriac Orthodox Church. Persecuted by Byzantines, murdered by Mongols, massacred by Ottoman Turks and caught in the Kurdish-Turkish crossfire, Syriac Orthodox Christians [also known as Assyrians and Chaldeans] have managed to endure, preserving their legacy while enriching the entire church.

Priests Ordained at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Priests Ordained at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
Priests Ordained at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
Priests Ordained at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
Priests Ordained at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On July 26, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the sacrament of ordination and consecration of priests was offered in the Mother Cathedral.

Divine Liturgy at St George Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus

His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus.  In his sermon, he thanked the Lord for saving the cathedral and the patriarchate headquarters from a fire yesterday. He also thanked those who helped to extinguish the fire.