We will forgive, but we will never forget. We will always remember our martyrs, faithful departed and loved ones.
We will never forget the martyrs of Sadad, we will never forget the martyrs of Baghdad, we will never forget Sayfo martyrs, we will never forget Mor Flavianus Malki, we will never forget the 40 martyrs, we will never forget Sarah and Behnam, we will never forget Abai, we will never forget Barsamya, we will not forget Sharbil (the Martyr), we will never forget. Because forgetting means we have forgotten our martyrs and forgetting means we cannot pray for our enemies.
We must remember our martyrs, because their sacrifice was great. We remained Christian because of them. We are able to rejoice in Christ because of them, we are able to partake in the Holy Mysteries because of them. And they want us to forget? to forget our martyrs? No!
If we forget where is our respect? if we forget where is our love for our fathers who witnessed Christ to death? if we forget where is our faith, that they are interceding for us before the throne of Christ? If we forget, where is our hope that their sacrifice will make a difference?
I ask you all to pray for Christians in the Middle East. Especially the Christians in Syria, in this very difficult time for all.
Through the Prayers of the Birth-Giver of God Maryam and Mor Ephrem. God Bless you all.