Archimandrite Serfim – Our Father Prayer (Aramaic) 2016 – YouTube

The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, chanted by Father Serafim Bit-Kharibi and parishioners in Qanda, Georgia. This parish is made up of a group of people of Assyrian descent who belong to the canonical Georgian Orthodox Church.

If Bashar al-Assad is removed as President of Syria, Assyrian Orthodox Christians – those who have not already fled – will be in grave danger. Perhaps I should say, even more grave danger than they are in already, with the spread of ISIS, and other manifestations of militant Islam. The surviving Christian enclaves in the Middle East – the wellspring and original home of Christianity – are increasingly islands in a sea of fire…

 

Coptic Christians, 5 things to know – Aleteia

With the news of the terrible bombing during Divine Liturgy in a Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo, December 11, 2016, attention is being drawn again to the sufferings of Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Who are these Coptic Christians? What do we share with them?

Source: Coptic Christians, 5 things to know – Aleteia

As I have commented here and elsewhere, not only are Coptic Christians a beleaguered and persecuted minority faith, but Copts themselves are a beleaguered and persecuted ethnic minority – the last of the true (ancient) Egyptians: most of those called “Egyptians” today, Copts excluded, are actually Arabic immigrants who entered Egypt in the years (decades, centuries…) following the Islamic invasion and subjugation of the Christian civilization that had grown and flourished there. Copts are the remnants, not only of the early Egyptian Christians, but of the people of the Pharoahs, the last survivors of an ancient and iconic civilization.

For more information on this ancient people, see the linked article.

Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM says | Daily Mail Online

The Prime Minister of Sweden has vowed his country will ‘never go back’ to recent levels of mass immigration after it emerged the terrorist who killed four people in a truck attack was a failed asylum seeker.

Source: Sweden will ‘never go back’ to mass immigration, PM says | Daily Mail Online

The Stockholm truck-ramming terrorist was a failed asylum seeker? Okay, everyone who’s surprised, raise your hands! *looking around* No one? That’s what I thought.

On the one hand, I’m encouraged to read report of the PM’s remarks. I hope that late is better than never, and I know that some people require a two-by-four across the forehead before they wake up to threats that are right in their face. Yet, I’m afraid this smacks a bit of locking the proverbial barn door after the horse has already been stolen.

Said the Prime Minister:

‘Sweden will never go back to the [mass migration] we had in autumn 2015, never,’ Mr Löfven said yesterday.

‘Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home.

‘This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.’

“Should”…? “Frustrated”…? “Supposed to”…? Why doesn’t he just say, “C’mon, guys, play fair!”

Far be it from me to tell someone else, let alone another country, what they should do, but I hope Sweden is able to get in touch with its ancestral roots, however belatedly! This is what Sweden needs today, in my opinion – updated with respect to technology, naturally:

(There are plenty of Swedes who feel the same, I know! To them, deepest respect. This is not directed at you, but at the political and media elites, and those who have been brainwashed by them. Sverige evigt!)