Faithful have gathered at St Zaia Church, Baghdad, to partake in the funeral service of Reverend Oraham Dinkha, the beloved parish priest who endured Baghdad’s rough times throughout the last decade.
The funeral service was lead by His Beatitude Mar Gewargis Sliwa, Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Iraq, Iran and Russia accompanied by His Grace Mar Zaia, Bishop of the Ancient Church of the East in Baghdad along with various priests and deacons of the surrounding parishes.
His Beatitude Mar Gewargis Sliwa said:
“In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
“On behalf of the priests, deacons and parishioners of our diocese of Baghdad and on behalf of the deceased, the late Rev. Oraham Dinkha, we extend our thanks and appreciation to all our brothers and sisters who have given their condolences and warm wishes and support throughout this rough time. Rev. Oraham, who was the parish priest of St Zaia Church, Baghdad, died on 7 July, 2011 at 85 years of age.
“We ask the Lord to grant you all blessings and grant you the kingdom of heaven upon judgement, and give patience and solace to the family and parishioners that remain.”
Rev. Oraham was known for showing a good sense of spirit to local residents. Giving heart and support to those that needed it most, Rev. Oraham fulfilled his commitment of his priestly duties and dedication to the flock.
He was born in 1925, raised in the Church, disciplined in the faith and accepted the ranking of priesthood in 1986 in St Sawa Church, Duhok.
Since 1988, Rev. Oraham was the practicing parish priest for St Zaia Church until his passing.
Rev. Oraham was very active in the sense that the annual Church calendar was regularly organized and produced by him, then distributed to other parishes and dioceses.
Even though many fled the homeland, Rev. Oraham insisted in keeping his position and urged the parishioners to be strong in faith.
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