oriental orthodoxy

anonymous asked:

I have nothing but love for my Muslim friends, brothers, and sisters. ESPECIALLY in this political climate. But I'm wondering if anybody else feels the same way I do, in that it bugs me when POC convert to Islam on the basis that "Christianity is a white man's religion"??? Like does that bother anybody else? Like Christianity started with MENA people, it is steeped in tradition and orthodoxy / oriental Catholocism is nothing like American branches. Our faith was hijacked

You are completely right to feel this. Christianity was born in the Middle East and was founded by middle easterns and thinking that Christianity is a white religion erases the existence of MENA Christians, who are discriminated against and persecuted for being non Muslim in a majority Muslim region. Saying so is not islamophobic.

Christian Arab girl in traditional clothing

Palestinian Christians (Arabic: مسيحيون فلسطينيون‎‎) are Christian citizens of the State of Palestine and number some 38,000. In the wider definition of Palestinian Christians, including the Palestinian refugees, diaspora and people with full or partial Palestinian Christian ancestry this can be applied to an estimated 500,000 people worldwide as of the year 2000. Palestinian Christians belong to one of a number of Christian denominations, including Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Catholicism (Eastern and Western rites), Anglicanism, Lutheranism, other branches of Protestantism and others. They number 6–7% of the 12 million Palestinians. 70% live outside Palestine and Israel.

After the Muslim conquest of the Levant in the 630s, the local Christians were Arabized as well even though large numbers were ethnically Arabs of the Ghassanid clans. Bethlehem’s two largest Arab Christian clans trace their ancestry to the Ghassanids, including al-Farahiyyah and an-Najajreh. The former have descended from the Ghassanids who migrated from Yemen and an-Najajreh descend from Najran [Saudi Arabia].

The percentage of Christians in the town has been steadily declining over the years, primarily due to emigration. 

In addition to neighboring countries, such as Lebanon and Jordan, many Palestinian Christians emigrated to countries in Latin America, as well as to Australia, the United States and Canada.

Today, Chile houses the largest Palestinian Christian community in the world outside of the Levant. As many as 350,000 Palestinian Christians reside in Chile, most of whom came from Beit Jala, Bethlehem, and Beit Sahur. Also, El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela have significant Palestinian Christian communities, some of whom immigrated almost a century ago during the time of Ottoman Palestine. 

Location: Bethlehem, Palestine

Photographer: Gervais Courtellemont

Syriac Orthodox Church - Qamislo, Kurdistan/Assyria

Syriac Orthodox Church of Saint Mark - Jerusalem, Palestine

Assyrian church in Hesice, Kurdistan/Assyria

Saint Giragos Armenian Church - Amed, Kurdistan

Northern Altar at the Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral - Aleppo, Syria


Armenian Church of the Holy Mother of God - Aleppo, Syria

I wish a very merry Christmas to Orthodox & Eastern Catholic Christians :)

Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church - Cairo, Egypt

The church is located on Cleopatra Street in the Heliopolis district of Cairo

Damaged Interior Of The Saint George Church - Aleppo, Syria

The church was burnt down by western-Saudi backed terrorists 

Archangel Michael’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral - Aswan, Egypt

Saint Vartan Church - Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon

Bourj Hammoud is a mostly Armenian town on the edge of Beirut, it was founded by survivors of the Armenian genocide.


Syriac Orthodox Church in Damascus hosted an Iftar banquet for Muslims

Alter of the Saint Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Catheral - Tehran, Iran

Saint Nicholas Armenian Monastery - Jaffa, Palestine

The monastery dates back to the first century. According to Armenian tradition, it is located on the site of the house of Simon the Tanner, which Saint Peter resided in during his visit to Jaffa. It was in this house that Saint Peter had a dream of preaching the gospel to gentiles, changing the history of Christianity & changing it from a mainly Jewish religion to a gentile one.

The monastery includes an Armenian church & some living quarters. The building is under the jurisdiction of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem which rents out parts of the building for residential & commercial use.