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Welcome to Ifeoma Arinzze, from Imo, Nigeria, now living in Kyiv, Ukraine! ... See MoreSee Less

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Nick Sooy shared In Communion's photo to the group: Orthodox Peace Fellowship - New. ... See MoreSee Less

Today Metropolitan Hilarion spoke out against war and militaristic rhetoric. “First of all, we must not allow war. And when one hears, once again, calls for war, militaristic rhetoric, including fr...

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Why is the Middle East so important to all of us in the United States?

It is important by proxy.

Many Americans are Jewish, with a special tie to the nation that was set up as a Jewish homeland. Many others are descendants of Arab countries, include Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Egyptians and Jordanians.

It is important by spirituality.

The three Abrahamic faiths all find their springs in the region we call the Holy Lands. It is in the desert there that prophets have communed with their God. It is there that the scriptures were written. There that the Temple was built, and rebuilt. The "hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight" we sing about Bethlehem. Many others are Muslims, who prayed toward Jerusalem at the behest of The Prophet (peace be upon him) and who see it as the place where Mohammad made his mystical Night Journey.

It is important by economy.

One of the main centers for world trade has always been the crossroads area we now know as Israel/Palestine, with access to the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean Sea and to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, through the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. It is an area that holds a large percentage of the world's oil reserves.

It is important because of its dysfunction.

The old adage regarding journalism is "if it bleeds, it leads." The Middle East has been a flashpoint for anti-colonialism, for the Cold War and for imperialism and terrorism. As long as there is conflict there, the rest of us will be sucked into its vortex, as surely as water finds the drain.
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The Last Supper And Preparation
The Gospel Minute for February 20th, 2017
To see Today's Gospel message click on this link"
https://youtu.be/ErDv548212s
Today's Gospel is from St Luke 19: 29-40; 22: 7-39
Please share The Word Of God with your friends!
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This Tuesday February 21st is the commemoration of the dhukrono of St. Eustathius of Antioch according to the liturgical calendar of the Syriac Orthodox Church. ... See MoreSee Less

This Tuesday February 21st is the commemoration of the dhukrono of St. Eustathius of Antioch according to the liturgical calendar of the Syriac Orthodox Church. Sometimes surnamed the Great, St. Eus...

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