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Today we celebrate one of SOPHIA’s patron saints, the Venerable Kassiani the Hymnographer. Saint Kassiani grew up in Constantinople and was selected as one of two potential brides for the emperor. Secretly hoping not to be chosen as she wished to live her life as a monastic, the emperor stated to her that the greatest evil came into the world from a woman (i.e. Eve) to which she responded, li...

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St. John’s Episcopal Church of Jersey City

St. John’s Episcopal Church of Jersey City

St. John's Episcopal Church of Jersey City was erected in 1871. The architect was J. Remson Onderdonk. The congregation was disbanded in the late 1990's, at its peak in 1910 it had a membership of 4,000 and more than 1,000 in Sunday Schools. It is now abandoned; part of the roof has collapsed. The building is a gem and is most worthy of preservation. I made this model after visiting the church...

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On Tuesday 4 am the Islamic State militants invaded the Christian Assyrian villages of Tal Tamr and Hermes nestled along the banks of the Khabur River in #Hassakeh province and abducted as many as 90 #Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning several small villages in northeast Syria. Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action – which focuses on ...

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