Prayer Vigil Held for Iraq's Oppressed Assyrian Christians

8/22/2007 12:16:00 AM
Overwhelming response by Local Assyrian Community in Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the feast of St Mary

An emotional evening prayer vigil was held at the Assyrian Church of the East, St Mary’s Parish, Polding Street, Fairfield on Tuesday 14 August on the eve of the Feast of St Mary, marking the conclusion of the 2007 Assyrian Christian Women’s Conference.

This Prayer Vigil, illuminated by hundreds of candles and prayer asked The Virgin Mary to join us in prayer and supplication to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, beseeching His blessings, guidance and relief for the suffering of Assyrian Christians in Iraq.

More than 400 hundred local Assyrian men, women and children responded to the call to join their fellow Assyrian community in prayer.

His Grace Bishop Mar Meelis Zaia, Bishop for the Australian and New Zealand Diocese said,

“The response by the Assyrian community has been overwhelming.”

“We hold the blessed Virgin Mary in the highest regard within the Assyrian Church of the East.”

Bishop Zaia added, “The parishioners of the Church of the East felt this was their collective way to show spiritual support through the power of Prayer.”

“With one voice the community has prayed for the alleviation of the sufferings of our fellow Christian Assyrians in Iraq.”

Part of the Local Assyrian campaign is to bring attention to the suffering, persecution and crimes being committed against the Christian Assyrians in Iraq.

For further information on the Assyrian Church of the East please refer to the official website assyrianchurch.com.au/history.htm, and for all media enquiries contact Sophie Khouchaba at 0419 482 066.