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Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of Thine only-begotten Son: that through His coming we may attain to serve Thee with purified minds. Who liveth and reigneth, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all the ages of ages.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ribbon-shaped U with a Dot

The following symbol has been on our parish bulletin for the last two years, but I did not remember what it means. Maybe you don't either. It is the Arabic letter ن​ (Nūn), the first letter in the word Nasrani (plural Nassarah), which means Nazarene. Islamic State soldiers spray-painted the letter on the walls of Christian houses and businesses in Mosul, and warned them that they had to quickly leave the city, convert to Islam, pay a fine or face ‘death by the sword.’ Some who chose to flee were robbed anyway. Since then, people around the world have displayed the ن​ as a symbol of solidarity with the persecuted Christians of the Middle East.

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