St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza

There’s a Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza.

It has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,600 hundred years. The original building, constructed in 407 A. D. was converted to a mosque in the 7th century. The Christians built a new church in the 12th century which is still in use today.

St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox Church sits in Gaza’s oldest and poorest neighborhood and every Saturday distributes food and necessities to those in need while caring for the spiritual needs of Gaza’s Christian minority.

This week St. Porphyrios Church opened it’s doors to it’s Muslim neighbors as sanctuary. Over 600 are being sheltered from bombardment. Entire families are sleeping on thin sheets on the hard church floors.

A simple Iftar meal is served each evening breaking the Ramadan fast. The children play in the church courtyard during the day as parents try to take their minds off of the violence around them.

Shelter from the storm……



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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