New Martyr

Excerpted from Vincent Martini

The martyrdom of Fr Fadi Jamil Haddad of Syria has been reported by multiple sources.

Fr Fadi “went out on a noble humanitarian mission to return a member of his parish who had been kidnapped a few days earlier,” and sought to negotiate a reduced ransom for their freedom.

However, the terrorists that kidnapped this man — the western-backed, Sunni Muslim “rebels” (from nations other than Syria) — also took Fr Fadi hostage, brutally tortured him for several days, and finally murdered him and left him in the town of Drousha (near Damascus), where his body was ultimately found.

Fr Fadi was a loving and compassionate man, and was beloved by both Muslim and Christian alike. He had served the Church of Antioch as a priest since his ordination in 1995 by His Beatitude Patriarch IGNATIUS IV and Bishop ELIAS (Khoury).

After news of his death was made public, the Syrian state television network said “He was one of the most prominent workers for national reconciliation and the healing of wounds.”

The Patriarchate of Antioch also made a statement about his martyrdom, and an article about his life and martyrdom is now up at OrthodoxWiki.

May his memory be eternal, and may the Church in Syria be strengthened by his prayers. Lord, have mercy.

A photo from Fr Fadi Haddad's funeral in Syria

Troparion in Tone 1:

Imitating the Good Shepherd, thou didst lay down thy life for thy sheep,
and with thy blood thou didst suffer for the faith.
Wherefore, O Hieromartyr Fadi of Damascus,
intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

2 comments on “New Martyr

  1. kathy behm says:

    Tom, In light of the prayer I sent you this is a true martyr and living witness of someone who lived out His faith fully in communion with the Trinitarian community of Father Son and Holy Spirit. I found these comments profound from the links in the article you sent. 

    “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”

    We are children of the hope that conquers all human feeling of weakness. We remind them that the Savior’s crucifixion preceded His Resurrection from the dead. The path to Golgotha ends with life bursting forth from the tomb with the light of the Savior’s glorious Resurrection.

    We affirm to all our children that we remain steadfast in our faith and our hope in the power of our Lord who desired that we have life, and more abundantly (John 10:10). We call on them in the love of Christ to remain in their land and their nation and for us not to stand at the border of tragedy and weep for our dead, since it is the will of Life for us to grow in faith and hope. We urge them to look to our future which we are building by the power of faith, to realize free and dignified life for the children of our nation and our people.

    We ask God that the martyrdom of Father Fadi Haddad be a sacrifice offered for the children of this nation and a stopping point to the painful events that we are living in this wicked time.

    We ask God’s rich and abundant mercy for our beloved departed martyr and we turn to him for mercy for our people, our beloved nation, and for all the peoples and countries of this afflicted Middle East Issued by the Patriarchate on October 25, 2012.

    We must pray for the persecuted Church it could very soon be ourselves. 

    Kathy 

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