oriental orthodoxy

‘Why do you fall into the destruction of the devil through him and with him? Preserve the sublime nature with which you were born. Persevere just as you were made by God. Establish your soul with the state of your face and body. That you may be able to know God, know yourself first. Abandon the idols which human error invented. Turn to God, and if you implore Him, He comes to your aid. Believe in Christ whom the Father sent to quicken and restore us.’

+ St. Cyprian of Carthage, To Demetrian, Chapter 16

Assyrian church in Hesice, Kurdistan/Assyria

Syriac Orthodox Church - Qamislo, Kurdistan/Assyria

Interior of the Cathedral of Saint James - Jerusalem, Palestine

This Armenian Apostolic church which is located in the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem dates back to the 12th century 

It’s the principal church of the Armenian Patriarch of Jersualem

Saint Shushanik

Born Vardeni Mamikonian c. 440-475. She was the daughter of the Armenian supreme military commander (sparapet) Saint Vartan Mamikonian. Married to the prominent Georgian feudal lord (pitiakhsh) Varsken, son of Arshusha. Possibly to strengthen the relations between the Armenian and Georgian kingdoms to get support against the fire-worshipping King Yazgert of the Sassanid Empire who was trying to convert the Armenians to Zoroastrianism with blood and fire.

The intentions of the marrige was never fulfilled as the Georgian lord Varsken took a pro-persian stance, renouncing Christianity and adopting Zoroastrianism. SaintShushanik refused to submit to his order to abandon her Christian faith. For this she was executed by Varsken. She is honoured by the Armenian Apostolic Church,  Eastern Orthodox Church Eastern, Catholic Churches, Oriental Orhtodox Churches and the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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Shushanik has been canonized by the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church and is venerated by the Armenian Apostolic Church. Her feast day is celebrated on October 17.

Martyrdom of the Holy Queen Shushanik (წამებაჲ წმიდისა შუშანიკისი დედოფლისაჲ) is the earliest surviving extant piece of Georgian literature. Purported to have been written between 476 and 483.

Her courage is a symbol for christianity and for the Armenian people; the struggle for Freedom. Her strength is also a symbol for the strength of women.

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

Syriac Orthodox Church of Saint Mark - Jerusalem, Palestine

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