Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt (كنيسة أم الزنار‎; Um az-Zinnar) Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs, Syria, built over cryot from 50 AD (seat of Syriac Orthodox archbishopric). A relic venerated as Cincture of the Theotokos  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary_Church_of_the_Holy_Belt

Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt (كنيسة أم الزنار‎; Um az-Zinnar) Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs, Syria, built over cryot from 50 AD (seat of Syriac Orthodox archbishopric). A relic venerated as Cincture of the Theotokos http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary_Church_of_the_Holy_Belt

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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church | The Russian Orthodox Church

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church | The Russian Orthodox Church

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Greek and Antiochian Rites make the sign of the cross from right to left. However, Oriental Orthodox Churches, Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria,Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch,Church of Armenia, East Syrian Rite, Ethiopian Orthodox Church go in reverse order on the last step of the sign of the cross, from left to right

Greek and Antiochian Rites make the sign of the cross from right to left. However, Oriental Orthodox Churches, Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria,Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch,Church of Armenia, East Syrian Rite, Ethiopian Orthodox Church go in reverse order on the last step of the sign of the cross, from left to right

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Greek and Antiochian Rites make the sign of the cross from right to left. However, Oriental Orthodox Churches, Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria,Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch,Church of Armenia, East Syrian Rite, Ethiopian Orthodox Church go in reverse order on the last step of the sign of the cross, from left to right

Greek and Antiochian Rites make the sign of the cross from right to left. However, Oriental Orthodox Churches, Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria,Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch,Church of Armenia, East Syrian Rite, Ethiopian Orthodox Church go in reverse order on the last step of the sign of the cross, from left to right

In Iraq a historic Christian library was saved from ISIS so far. Mar Mattai monastery or St. Matthew's monastery belongs to the Syriac Orthodox church, in the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. (4/2015)

In Iraq a historic Christian library was saved from ISIS so far. Mar Mattai monastery or St. Matthew's monastery belongs to the Syriac Orthodox church, in the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. (4/2015)

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Syriac Christians from Turkey and Syria attend a mass at the Mort Shmuni Syriac Orthodox Church in the town of Midyat, in Mardin province of southeast Turkey in this February 2, 2014 file photo.

Syriac Christians from Turkey and Syria attend a mass at the Mort Shmuni Syriac Orthodox Church in the town of Midyat, in Mardin province of southeast Turkey in this February 2, 2014 file photo.

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Syriac Orthodox Church (Armenian Quarter)

Syriac Orthodox Church (Armenian Quarter)

Syriac records indicate that this Syriac Orthodox church dates no earlier than the late 5th century. The bell tower stands on a 10th-century bastion, while the tombs in the vaulted crypt date from the 2nd century. While the underground chamber is pre- Christian, the church itself is thought to have been built in 495. #Mardin #Travel

Syriac records indicate that this Syriac Orthodox church dates no earlier than the late 5th century. The bell tower stands on a 10th-century bastion, while the tombs in the vaulted crypt date from the 2nd century. While the underground chamber is pre- Christian, the church itself is thought to have been built in 495. #Mardin #Travel

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Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria have united to defend a biblical Syrian Christian town from being conquered by the Islamic State terrorist organization, the head of the Syriac Orthodox church has said.

Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria have united to defend a biblical Syrian Christian town from being conquered by the Islamic State terrorist organization, the head of the Syriac Orthodox church has said.

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