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As ISIS approached, a seminarian took the Blessed Sacrament from the church and fled  

Iraqi SeminarianBombs are falling and the sound of the explosion is sending shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night.

In the midst of it all stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian. It’s dawning on him that this is Karamlesh’s last stand.

For 1,800 years, Christianity has had a home in the hearts and minds of the people of this village so full of antiquity. Now that era is about to be brought to a calamitous end; Islamic State are advancing.

Martin’s mobile phone rings: a friend stammers out the news that the nearby town of Telkaif has fallen to “Da’ash” – the Arabic name for Islamic State.  Karamlesh would surely be next.

Martin dashes out of his aunt’s house, where he is staying, and heads for the nearby St Addai’s Church. He takes the Blessed Sacrament, a bundle

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Helen Hull Hitchcock rest in peace

hitchcockI was sad to learn of the passing of Helen Hull Hitchcock yesterday. Helen came to Holy Ghost two times to speak about the Sacred Liturgy (2005)  and Sacred Music (2006) as part of our Lenten program. In your kindness please pray for the repose of her soul.

“In your charity, please pray for the blessed repose of the soul of Helen Hull Hitchcock, who died yesterday, October 20th, at the age of 75. Helen was editor of Adoremus Bulletin, the monthly publication of the Adoremus – Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, which she cofounded in 1995 with…”

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