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Faith Organizations to Hold Prayer Vigil at White House

Mar-08-2011 at 03:12 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Faith Organizations to Hold Prayer Vigil in Front of White House in Support of Persecuted Christians and Religious Freedom for all in Iraq

The groups will be joined by staff from the Embassy of Iraq and Christians in Iraq via a conference call.

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith organizations plan to hold a prayer vigil in front of the White House in support of persecuted Christians and religious freedom for all in Iraq. The groups will be joined by staff from the Embassy of Iraq and Christians in Iraq via a conference call.

The prayer vigil will be on Monday, February 14, at 11:00 A.M., in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

This prayer event begins the observance of "The Rogation of the Ninevites" which is one the oldest traditions in Christianity. The "Rogation" finds its ancient roots in the Prophet Jonah and is observed by Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Christians in Iraq and around the world.

The "Rogation" is February 14-16 and includes 3 days of fasting, prayer and repentance. There will be "Rogation" observances all across America praying for religious freedom in Iraq. The groups will also be praying for religious freedom and liberty in Iraq for all religious minorities.

Kris Keating, Director of Hillside Missions, who is Iraq and will be leading the prayer from that country states,

"Hillside Missions Organization is in Iraq in order to be invested in the cause of religious freedom for the benefit of the Iraqi people.

"The people of Iraq need to be free to choose and express their faith without fear of persecution. We are honored to be invited to participate in prayer, dialogue and events intended to increase international awareness of the problems facing religious minorities in Iraq.

"I am looking forward to working with diverse Christian communities in Iraq. There is a rich Christian heritage in that country. The international community must act in order to prevent the extinction of religious minorities in Iraq."

For more information or interviews call: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
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» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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