CNN is reporting that Baghdad is celebrating it's first-ever public Christmas hosted by the Iraqi Interior Ministry! While it appears that it has many trappings of a "Western Christmas", we can pray that the true meaning of Christmas will go out to the people.
If anyone can read Arabic, would you comment and tell me what this poster says? (Serious replies only, please)
May God bless the people of Iraq to know the Risen Savior!
I would like to know what that banner says also. Muslims revere Jesus as the second greatest Prophet, born of a Virgin, but NOT God. It certainly appears to be good news, and I hope it is.
The last few years have been terrible for Christians in Iraq. Many have died, and the recent Christmases have had to tone down their celebrations.
Our Rev. Canon Andrew White has lost so many from his congregation in St. George's Baghdad. Some have fled the violence, others, sadly are dead. However his last Christmas message, delivered after he had arrived at Church and removed his bullet proof vest, said "There is a sense in the air that things are slowly changing and that this Christmas, for the first time in many years, will be a time of hope."
Let's hope things ARE changing, finally for the better!
Here is are some photos from Christmas 2004 : http://www.stchcathedral.org.bh/st-georges/photo-album.htm
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