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Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« on: October 20, 2011, 09:16:32 AM »
A very good article about Mor Gabriyal Monastery and the Syriac community of Tur Abdin

Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
by Mark DelCogliano

"Tur Abdin is our Holy Mountain, in the soil of which are buried the precious remains of our fathers, the saints, ascetics, and martyrs. Tur Abdin truly means everything to us. In other words it is a summary and complete example of the history of our Syriac Church. Therefore the love of Tur Abdin has a special place in our hearts. The ancient monasteries and churches are sacred to us. . . .We regard Tur Abdin as a holy site, second only to Jerusalem, and look on our visits there as pilgrimages."

http://www.monks.org/csq/delcogl_turkey.pdf
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Re: Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 10:15:16 AM »
A very good article about Mor Gabriyal Monastery and the Syriac community of Tur Abdin

Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
by Mark DelCogliano

"Tur Abdin is our Holy Mountain, in the soil of which are buried the precious remains of our fathers, the saints, ascetics, and martyrs. Tur Abdin truly means everything to us. In other words it is a summary and complete example of the history of our Syriac Church. Therefore the love of Tur Abdin has a special place in our hearts. The ancient monasteries and churches are sacred to us. . . .We regard Tur Abdin as a holy site, second only to Jerusalem, and look on our visits there as pilgrimages."

http://www.monks.org/csq/delcogl_turkey.pdf
I can't get pdf her, so I don't know if it is mentioned, but Tur Abdin means "Mountain of Worshippers."
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and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

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Re: Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 01:51:11 PM »
Isa, is there anything you don't know! That bit of info was not in the article, very good to know though. Thanks.
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Re: Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 03:41:58 PM »
My bishop has visited Tur Abdin several times, and is part of the Tur Abdin Focus Group.

He has published a report here..

http://britishorthodox.org/glastonbury-review-archive/glastonbury-review-archive-issue-112/7/

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Re: Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 06:57:28 PM »
Isa, is there anything you don't know! That bit of info was not in the article, very good to know though. Thanks.

It's on page 3 (313) of the PDF, but yes, Isa is a very learned man.  :)

As with everything else these days, some of the monasteries also have websites:

Mor Gabriel (the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery, est. 397. Website in Turkish and English)

Deir ul-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery) (only in Turkish, but with lots of pictures and such)

I would love to visit some day. Your bishop is a very lucky man, Father Peter.

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Re: Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 07:32:28 PM »
selam all
great links wonderful read thank you all. Glory be to God!
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Re: Syriac Monasticism in Tur Abdin: A Present-Day Account
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2011, 09:14:20 AM »
Isa, is there anything you don't know! That bit of info was not in the article, very good to know though. Thanks.
It's on page 3 (313) of the PDF, but yes, Isa is a very learned man.  :)

Thanks for the correction, dzheremi! So much for a quick look over during my work break  :D


I would love to visit some day. Your bishop is a very lucky man, Father Peter.


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"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

“I returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church with affection, finding in her our tormented and broken history“. -Salama Moussa