The grace and mercy of almighty God crown the martyrs

THESE are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 7:14-17

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An icon of the Holy New Martyrs under Turkish rule

An icon of the Holy New Martyrs under Turkish rule

A SOCIOLOGIST representing a European security organization says that the number of Christians killed each year for their faith is so high that it calculates to one martyr’s life being taken every five minutes…

Christians killed every year for their faith number 105,000, and that number includes only those put to death simply because they are Christians. It does not count the victims of civil or international wars.

“Sociologist: Every 5 Minutes a Christian is Martyred”, at Zenit News (June 3, 2011).

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ACCORDING to the non-governmental organization ‘Aid to the Church in Need’, out of every 100 victims killed in the manifestations of religious intolerance in recent years, 75 are Christians.

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, in an interview published by the Department of External Church Relations (Russian Orthodox Church).

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FROM the 1900’s to 1922, the Christian population declined from 25% to less than 5% within Anatolia… Approximately 2.5 million Armenians, Assyrians and Greek Christians were massacred during this period.

“The Jihad Against the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Christians”, Janet Levy, American Thinker.

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TODAY, Christians, regardless of affiliation, are being systematically harassed, persecuted, and murdered throughout the Middle East, the region of the globe from which Christianity first emerged. …

The mainline Christian churches are surprisingly unalarmed by this persecution.  Many U.S. and U.K. churches are more focused on boycotting and divesting from Israel, which is odd since Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing in number.

“The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East”, by Cheryl Halpern, American Thinker.

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I THINK the church in the West has to really do a better job of advocating for the persecuted church.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va)), in a video “The Ongoing Christian Genocide in the Sudan” at RightScoop.

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THE Champions, O Christ, have now clothed themselves in a most fair robe, devoutly empurpled with the blood of martyrdom and cloaked in your grace.

The grace and mercy of almighty God crown the athletes, for in accordance with their love he gave them strength through which were revealed as victors.

You gave the champions the Cross as a rod of power, and made them rule over their enemies; and so we sing the praise of your divinity, O Christ.

Office for Two or More Martyrs. Translation from Anastasis.

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