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A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin

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A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin

A visit to Saint George Church in Burqin Writer Maria Khoury explores the traditions of Holy Land Christians in her writings. In this feature, Mrs. Khoury describes her visit to the St. George Church in Burqin, Palestine. Burqin is a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank located 5 km west of Jenin. According to the…

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Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

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Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh Writer Maria Khoury shares the exhilarating Christian religions experience of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem, a Christian tradition dating back more than 2,000 years in Palestine. Khoury takes us through the emotions and excitement of the experience for Christians of Palestine and the Middle East By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D….

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Taybeh Vinfest in Palestine

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Taybeh Vinfest in Palestine

Taybeh Vinfest in Palestine By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.  Jazz Trio will be the highlight of the Taybeh Vinfest 2017 on Friday night starting at 5 pm, February 24th at the Taybeh Winery in one of the most ancient locations in Palestine where good things continue to happen under harsh conditions with Mohammed Qutati on keyboard;  Stelios from…

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Reflection from my Christian Eyes

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Reflection from my Christian Eyes

Reflection from my Christian Eyes A Christian reflects on the challenges they face as a faith and community under Israeli occupation. Why isn’t Israel held to the same standards and laws as everyone else? By Dr. Maria C. Khoury The Day after Yom Kippur, I decided I should be more faithful in practicing my religion. I have…

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Holy Mother celebrated in Jerusalem

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Holy Mother celebrated in Jerusalem

Honoring the Mother of God. A Spectacular Day in Jerusalem in Honor of the Holy Mother of God By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D It was a beautiful and solemn procession at four in the morning to walk the icon of the Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God, from the monastery next to the Holy…

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Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh Sept. 24, 25

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Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh Sept. 24, 25

Palestinian Oktoberfest in Taybeh coming September 24 and 25. This is one of Palestine’s most favorite cultural events at one of its most favorite villages. By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. Every time my husband  David Khoury starts up a new project, I sort of get a deeper culture shock.  It has been over twenty-three years…

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Palestinian Christians celebrate St. George Day in Taybeh

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Palestinian Christians celebrate St. George Day in Taybeh

Palestinian Christians in the Israeli occupied West Bank Village of Taybeh celebrate St. George Day in the community with the local Greek Catholic Church (Melkite Practice). Taybeh has one of the strongest Christian communities in Palestine with three churches, Ancient Byzantine Church and several enchanting chapels By Dr. Maria C. Khoury Today, May 6th was a…

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Christians celebrate Easter in Palestine

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Christians celebrate Easter in Palestine

Christians in Palestine prepare to celebrate Orthodox Easter, Sunday May 1 By Maria Khoury We are sending you sincere greetings from the sacred land of our Lord’s Resurrection on this most joyous Holy Saturday where the Miracle of the Holy Fire was received from the Holy-Life-Giving-Tomb-of-Christ in Jerusalem by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch His Beatitude Theophilos III….

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What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

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What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

How do you explain to the Israeli Authorities the ancient unbroken Christian traditions that should be carried out for pure witness and faith? Christians lucky enough to have permits to enter Jerusalem gathered from all corners of the Holy Land for the annual procession of the icon for the Holy Virgin Mary three days before the special…

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Oktoberfest in Palestine being planned in Taybeh

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Oktoberfest in Palestine being planned in Taybeh

The Taybeh Brewing Company, the first Micro-Brewery in the Middle East is planning its annual OctoberFest which will be held this Fall in September. Despite the oppression of Palestinians, the Festival will continue to bring people together to celebrate a German tradition that is popular throughout the world, especially in the village of Taybeh, which…

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Jewish Settlers set fire to Christian Lands

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Jewish Settlers set fire to Christian Lands

Jewish violence against Arabs continues with barely a notice from the biased, mainstream American news media. Recently, settlers burned down a wheat field in the Christian village of Taybeh By By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.  I have survived the Israeli security check one more time in safely returning to the village.  My prayer is for peace and stability…

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See the Miracle of the Holy Fire

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See the Miracle of the Holy Fire

Every year, Holy Land Christians commemorate many religious traditions, some of which may have been forgotten by many mainstream Christians in the West. But in Taybeh and in Jerusalem, Palestine, the traditions live on including this celebration of the annual Miracle of the Holy Fire By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. Although I am in…

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Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated in Taybeh, Palestine

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Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated in Taybeh, Palestine

Photo Array: Practicing the traditions of the Christian religion in the birthplace of Christianity, Palestine, with some of the remaining Christians who survive the pressures of the Middle East conflict. Children taught to honor their religious history at celebration in Taybeh, Palestine. By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D.  Today was a glorious celebration for the…

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Israeli Settler attacks on Christian & Muslim Holy sites

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Israeli Settler attacks on Christian & Muslim Holy sites

Israeli settlers and Jewish extremists vandalizing and defacing Christian and Muslim holy sites under Israeli control. What is the government of Israel doing to stop this? By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. Every day I wake up and stare at the new illegal Israeli settlement right in front of my kitchen window. It has been…

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Celebrate Vinfest in Taybeh, Palestine

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Celebrate Vinfest in Taybeh, Palestine

Come celebrate the Taybeh Vinfest this weekend,  Feb. 27-28, 2015, in Taybeh, Palestine. The festival will feature local and regional entertainment and art. By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. The Taybeh Vinfest is a wine festival happening this weekend on 27- 28 February at the new Taybeh Winery in Palestine.  It aims to introduce the new Palestinian…

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Celebrating the Baptism of Christ on the Jordan River

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Celebrating the Baptism of Christ on the Jordan River

By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today according to the Old Julian calendar. There were hundreds of priests, nuns and thousands of people from all walks of life coming to the precious site where over 2,000 years ago “…the heavens were…

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