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Tuesday, August 02, 2005


A Theology of Martyria

by Nadeem Muaddi

For those Christians who make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, walking and praying along the Via Dolorosa or “Way of the Cross” has become a standard. Starting at the location from which it is believed that Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus Christ to the cross, Christians walk all fourteen “stations” of Christ’s suffering until they reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It is here, at the sight of his crucifixion and burial, that the Son of God’s martyrdom is commemorated.

In his book, Witnessing for Peace, Bishop Munib Younan dedicates an entire chapter to “A Theology of Martyria”. While the concept of martyria or witnessing has long been forgotten by western Christians who no longer fear religious persecution, the presence of ‘shahadat’ or martyrs is ever present in the life of this Palestinian clergyman & his nation. Read more at Ramallah Online.

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