Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holy Martyrs of Iraq, Pray For Us!

"We ask that the martyrs of Iraq be canonized, because the example of their lives and their sacrifice is an inspiration to us all as Christians, Arabs and non-(Arabs) alike, living in the Middle East" — ‘Martyrs’ of Iraq should be recognized as saints, Arab Christian group’s petition exhorts.

"In the tradition of the early Church, we ask that those who died as martyrs be honoured as saints," reads the petition, which I have signed and encourage you to do so as well — Christian martyrs of Iraq. "What better way of showing the holiness of God’s Church than by returning to the ancient practice of declaring the martyrs to be saints?"

I have already been praying for the intercessions of at least one of those mentioned for some time — Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho and the Martyrs of 2008.

While not calling for their canonization, the petition "remember[s] brothers from other churches who died for their faith," mentioning "several Orthodox Christian priests and a Protestant minister." (If I'm not mistaken, several Montanists were canonized by popular devotion in the second and third centuries.)

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Blogger Brandon said...

When Charles Lwanga and Companions were canonized, the canonization decree explicitly took a moment to recognize (without raising them to the liturgical calendar) several Anglican martyrs who had died in the same persecution, and they are often mentioned with them, even though Should it ever get that far, perhaps that would happen here.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I did not know that about that canonization. Thanks.

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