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A Wary Easter Weekend for Christians in Syria

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Perhaps this is just my ignorance showing, but shouldn't they be celebrating Easter by the Julian Calendar's calculations? I know my Antiochian church won't be celebrating Easter (or, well, Pascha) until May 5th.

Regardless, these are tumultuous times for Syrian Christians keep them in your prayers, folks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/middleeast/wary-easter-weekend-for-syrian-christians.html

But the Good Friday procession at St. Kyrillos Church here in Syria’s capital did not follow the route it had taken for generations. No drums or trumpets announced its presence. The marchers made a tight circle inside the iron-gated courtyard, then headed back into the church, a hedge against the mortar shells like the one that hit a hospital across the street recently. At pauses in their singing, gunfire rattled, not more than a few blocks away.

Easter weekend is usually the year’s most festive for Syria’s Christians, but this year, it is infused with grave uncertainty. Christians here say they primarily fear the general chaos enveloping the country as the war enters its third year. But like members of Syria’s other religious minorities, many Christians also fear what they see as the rise of extremists among the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

As they gathered in small knots in the church courtyard — which on a normal Good Friday would have been packed — many parishioners wondered aloud where they would be next Easter.

“Either everything will be O.K. in one year, or there will be no Christians here,” said Ilias, 20, a man who, like some other Christians quoted in this article, was willing to give only a first name.
 

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ironchapman said:
Perhaps this is just my ignorance showing, but shouldn't they be celebrating Easter by the Julian Calendar's calculations? I know my Antiochian church won't be celebrating Easter (or, well, Pascha) until May 5th.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/middleeast/wary-easter-weekend-for-syrian-christians.html
I guess you dmissed this (from the article): "Syria has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world and one of the largest in the Middle East — about 10 percent of the population. (Most Syrian Christians are Eastern Orthodox and will celebrate Easter on May 5.) "
 

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Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) said:
ironchapman said:
Perhaps this is just my ignorance showing, but shouldn't they be celebrating Easter by the Julian Calendar's calculations? I know my Antiochian church won't be celebrating Easter (or, well, Pascha) until May 5th.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/middleeast/wary-easter-weekend-for-syrian-christians.html
I guess you dmissed this (from the article): "Syria has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world and one of the largest in the Middle East — about 10 percent of the population. (Most Syrian Christians are Eastern Orthodox and will celebrate Easter on May 5.) "
Yeah, Dcommini pointed this out to me on Facebook.

My bad, heh.

Regardless, they all need our prayers.
 
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