Remembering Iraqi Christians on St. Stephen’s Day

On this Saint Stephen’s Day, named for the first Christian martyr, let us remember the Christians who have been driven out of Iraq. Here are some recent stories, some with great photos.

Christmas in an Iraqi refugee camp: Moving pictures show nativity scene set up by some of the thousands of Christians fleeing ISIS

Displaced Christians In Iraq Prepare For Christmas With Festive Holiday Market

They Fled ISIS, but They Can’t Flee Winter

They Are Willing to Die for What Most Christians Are Barely Willing to Live For

A beautiful Picture of the Day, from the Telegraph

Christmas photos Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan

Angel from Presepio

Angel, from the Presepio that was set up this past Christmas.

Angel, from the Presepio that was set up this past Christmas.

[During the Mass] “At such a time angels stand by the Priest; and the whole sanctuary, and the space round about the altar, is filled with the powers of heaven, in honor of Him who lies thereon.”
John Chrysostom – On the Priesthood – http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/19226.htm

This may be a closer translation of the quotation you often see as: “When the Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels, who adore the Divine Victim immolated on the altar.”