September 14, 2013 by History in a Hurry
The address was delivered last Sunday by Bishop Basil Essey of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
Bishop Basil’s Address on the Syrian Crisis
The following is the address given by His Grace Bishop Basil to the parish of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Wichita, Kansas, regarding the crisis in Syria, on the morning of their patronal feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, September 8, 2013.
This week will be a very important week, an historical week, one way or another–our church, our Patriarchate in particular, and this world in general. This week our elected representatives will be asked to vote either for or against supporting aggression in the Holy Land. As I said it’s important first and foremost for our church. It’s where our spiritual roots are, the roots of all Christians. Not just us, but we as Antiochian Orthodox in particular, as our Father in God (Patriarch John of Antioch) lives there along with a million and a half Orthodox Christians. That’s more than we have total in the US. The Orthodox in Syria and Lebanon is not negligible, it’s 10 percent of the population. In our country, we’re less than 1 percent, our country being the United States.