SAINT SERGIUS THE MARTYR (Mar Sarkis)
Syriac Orthodox Church in Sadad, Homs Governorate
Sadad is situated in a remote area between Homs and Damascus. Mentioned in the Old Testament, the town is an ancient Syriac Orthodox town. Between 2013 and 2015 the Christian community suﬀered repeated attacks. Military forces invaded and occupied the city. Fourteen churches, including Saint Sergius’ Church, were ransacked and destroyed. St. Sergius’ Church was on the site of an ancient pagan temple dating from 2500
B.C. It was renovated in 1700 A.D. and many artefacts decorating the church date from 1750 A.D. About 40 percent of the church was destroyed, some icons damaged and precious furniture stolen or broken…
The parish consisted of about 1000 Syrian families. Among the atrocities they experienced, Christians suﬀered torture and slaughter – and others were used as human shields.
Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama asked:
“Where are my brothers? I think of all those who are suﬀering today in mourning and discomfort: We ask everyone to pray for us.”