One month on – the abduction of our two Archbishops

From the office of Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo via the Global Christian Forum

One month lapsed and we are still living the nightmare of the abduction whereabouts our two Archbishops Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim Metropolitan of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo, and Boulos Yazaji Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo, were kidnapped on the 22nd of April 2013. An unknown group has abducted them without claiming its responsibility until now, neither announcing the reasons for the abduction nor knowing their place.

We the Syriac and the Greek Orthodox Archdioceses of Aleppo and in coordination with our two Patriarchates in Damascus, express day after day our sadness and increasing pain about the abduction and the absence of these two eminent Prelates, and to what they represent in terms of their holiness, their local and international rank, their active role on all levels including the spiritual, the thoughts, the academic, the education and the social; but above all the humanitarian work which they were carrying within the current crisis which is engulfing our country Syria.

Today, and after one month of abduction, and despite all the prayers and the supplications in the local churches and worldwide; as well as the calls, the statements and the efforts from the Christian and Muslim organizations in the world and the international community, we renew our request for the abductees to revise their action, fear God, and release the two Archbishops without hurting their health or physical situation; and release all other abducted priests and innocent civilians. One month in abduction is more than enough for the two Archbishops. As it is painful for them in their abduction, it is also painful for all the faithful of their two communities, the people of Syria and the world. The continuous abduction of the two Archbishops is damaging the structure of Syria in its diverse components and its long history of coexistence and citizenship. Such a catastrophe will be remembered and recorded in history, likewise the devastating and the grieve of Syria. Such acts will not terrify us because we are the sons of the “Resurrection”. We trust that the mercy of the one God whom we all believe in, will guide the abductees and induce them to release the Archbishops without any pre-conditions, because there is no price equals the freedom of the two Archbishops, and no condition equals their safe return to their communities and churches.

We renew our supplication and continue our prayers with solemnity to our God for the release of the Archbishops, the priests and all those who are in abduction.

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Evensong celebrating John and Charles Wesley

SUNDAY, 26 MAY 2013

wesley posterThe brothers John and Charles Wesley are commemorated together annually in May in the Anglican Church of Australia. The date marks the anniversary of the May day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced his ‘conversion’. He writes in his journal:

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed.

At 5pm on Sunday 26 May we celebrate the work and witness of John and Charles Wesley as evangelists, teachers, and the founders of the Methodist movement. Charles was a fine hymnist and his contributions to the corpus of Christian hymns is immense. Many of his stirring hymns are sung at this service, along with music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Charles’s grandson, one of the leading English composers of his generation.

The Reverend Dr Geoff Hadley, former Principal of Methodist Ladies’ College, Claremont, speaks on the influence and legacy of the Wesley family on education.

Venue: The Cathedral. To find us, please click here.

Further information: info@perthcathedral.org or (08) 9325 5766.

Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12 -19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Sunday 19 May

 Jesus Christ, we proclaim with joy our common identity in you, and we thank you for inviting us into a dialogue of love with you and others. Open our hearts to share more perfectly in your prayer to the Father that we may be one, so that as we journey together we may draw closer to each other. Give us the courage to bear witness to the truth together, and may our conversations embrace those who perpetuate disunity. Send your Spirit to empower us to challenge situations where dignity and compassion are lacking in our societies, nations, and the world. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au

Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12 -19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Saturday 18 May

Triune God, in your very being you offer us a unique pattern of interdependence, loving relationships and solidarity. Enable us to live our lives in this way. Teach us to share the hope that we find in people who struggle for life all over the world. May their endurance inspire us to overcome our own divisions, to live in holy accord with one another, and to walk together in solidarity. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen.

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au

 

Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12 -19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Friday 17 May

 Gracious God, forgive us for the barriers of greed, prejudice, and contempt that we continually build, which separate us within and between churches, from people of other faiths, and from those we consider to be less important than us. May your Spirit give us courage to cross these boundaries, and to tear down the walls that disconnect us from each other. Then with Christ may we step forth into unknown terrain, to carry his message of loving acceptance and unity to all the world. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen.

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au

Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12 -19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Thursday 16 May

 Jesus, from the first moment of our being you offered us your friendship. Your love embraces all peoples, especially those who are excluded or rejected because of human constructions of caste, race, colour or background. Filled with the confidence and assurance of our dignity in you, may we walk in solidarity towards each other, and embrace each other in the Spirit, as children of God. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen.

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au

 

From 5pm this Sunday, May 19th…

 

Unity in Diversity: A history of ecumenism through the ages

 

SUNDAY 19 MAY & WEDNESDAYS 22, 29 MAY & 5, 12 JUNE 2013

 

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For members of all Christian Churches

 

Speakers drawn from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Churches. All sessions are in the Cathedral.

 

Pentecost, Sunday 19 May, 5.00pm – Ecumenical Service and Launch of ‘Unity in Diversity’. Preacher: Archbishop Timothy Costelloe (Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth).

 

Wednesday 22 May, 7.15pm-8.30pm – Conflict and Resolution in the Early Church. Presented by Dr Bill Leadbetter, St George’s Cathedral Scholar.

 

Wednesday 29 May, 7.15pm-8.30pm – The Great Schism – Western and Byzantine Christianity. Presented by The Revd Fr Elpidios, Parish Priest of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Constantine and St Helena.

 

Wednesday 5 June, 7.15pm-8.30pm – Reformation and Counter Reformation. Presented by Fr Joe Sobb SJ, Parish Priest of Nedlands.

 

Wednesday 12 June, 7.15pm-8.30pm – Modern Ecumenism. Presented by The Revd Dr John Neal.

 

For further details about the series, download the brochure here.

 

Venue: The Cathedral. To find us, please click here.

 

Further information: info@perthcathedral.org or (08) 9325 5766.


Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12 -19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Wednesday 15 May

 God of life, we thank you for the earth, and for those who care for it and bring forth its fruits. May the Spirit, the giver of life, help us to recognise that we are part of creation’s web of relationships. May we learn to cherish the earth, and to hear and respond to creation’s groaning. May we truly walk together in the steps of Christ, bringing reform to all that wounds this earth, and ensuring a just sharing of the things that it brings forth. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen.

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

 Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au

Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12-19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Tuesday 14 May

 Liberating God, we thank you for the resilience and hopeful faith of those who struggle for dignity and fullness of life. We know that you raise up those who are cast down, and free those who are bound. Your Son Jesus walks with us to show us the path to authentic freedom. May we appreciate what has been given to us, and be strengthened to overcome all within us that enslaves. Send us your Spirit, and by that Spirit set us free from all that inhibits, alienates and divides us, so that with voices united we can proclaim your love to the world. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen.

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

 Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au

Daily Prayer – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 12-19 May 2013

Prayer for the Day, Monday 13 May

 God of compassion, your Son died on the Cross so that by his broken body our divisions might be destroyed. Yet we have crucified him again and again with our disunity, and with systems and practices which obstruct your loving care and undermine your justice towards those who have been excluded from the gifts of your creation. Send us your Spirit to breathe life and healing into our brokenness, that we may bear witness together to the justice and love of Christ. Walk with us towards that day when we can share in the one bread and the one cup at the common table. God of life, lead us to justice and peace. Amen.

For full resources visit  the National Council of Churches

 Acknowledgement: This resource for Christian unity is based on the international material for the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which originated with the Student Christian Movement in India. and was agreed by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. It has been adapted for use in Australia by the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Donation: If you have found these resources useful, any donations to help cover the cost of producing the resource will be gratefully received by NCCA Faith and Unity. Locked Bag 199, QVB NSW 1230. Many thanks

For more information: ph. (02) 9299 2215 or visit www.churchestogetherinprayer.org.au