Like the one that was stolen by the Islamic State, the bell of the Mar Tomas church was cast in the same Christian village in Lebanon.
In Iraq, the Mar Thomas Church was destroyed during the occupation of Mosul by the Islamic State. His bell had been stolen by Islamist militants. Saturday, "after seven years of silence", as explained by the father Pios Affas, who had been the last priest to leave Mosul under Islamist occupation, it rang again for the first time.
The organization Fraternity in Iraq, which funds the restoration of the church, shared this moment of joy on Twitter. She says so, "This new bell is for all a symbol of resurrection".
Great joy in Mosul this morning for the inauguration of the bell of the Mar Toma church. 7 years after the arrival of Daesh and the exodus of Christians, it is the first to resonate again in the city. Parishioners and Muslims in the neighborhood celebrated the return of this bell together! pic.twitter.com/He7rLUapIZ
- Brotherhood in Iraq (@FraterniteIrak) September 18, 2021
Because, as Pios Affas recalls, “Christians were absent for seven years”.
“It is the 1st bell that rings again in Mosul and it gives us hope of a return of Christians but also of a restoration of all Mosul, mosques and other churches…” The hope of Fr. Pios Affas during the inauguration of the bell of the Mar Toma church! pic.twitter.com/6q7iAoSRqc
- Brotherhood in Iraq (@FraterniteIrak) September 19, 2021
"It is very beautiful to hear the bell ringing in rhythm with the muezzin", he continues, "it is the prayer of the faithful which ascends to the Lord, to ask for his protection, peace for this city and the good one. agreement between the inhabitants ”.
Nidaa Abdel Ahad is a teacher and devotee of this Mar Thomas church. It testifies to an “indescribable joy”.
“My joy is indescribable. It is as if the heart of Christianity is beating again. "
Under the occupation of the Islamic State, the Mar Tomas Church had served court, training center and prison.
Like the one that was stolen by the Islamic State, this bell was cast in Lebanon, in the Christian village of Beit-Chabab.
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