Friday, December 25, 2009
In solidarity with our Chaldean brothers and sisters, some of whom, specifically those in Basra, Iraq, who have cancelled Christmas celebrations because Christmas "coincides this year with a sad memorial for Shiite who commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Al Hussain and his brother Al Abbas in Karbala." Hwelih Isho' (i.e., Christ is born) is our Christmas and Friday traditio.
Fortunately, the prohibition only pertains to Basra. Nonetheless, let us remember the Christians of Iraq and the entire Middle East, churches that are truly undergoing martyrdom, women and men who risk their lives to worship Christ the King.
A deep diaconal bow to Dr. McNamara for bringing this video to my attention.