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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)
About the “Fire in Damascus” project
published 28 July 2010 by Corpus Christi Watershed

For those of you who are wondering what this is all about, allow me to introduce and explain the project. I have been working with Corpus Christi Watershed to produce a film about the three Massabki Brothers and the Emir Abd El-Kader.

The Massabki Brothers were three Maronite brothers who were devout Catholics and who gave their lives for their faith during the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus. Looters and rioters offered them the choice of renouncing Christ or of being brutally murdered, and they chose the latter. Their story is interesting because they were extremely materially wealthy, because they were laymen and because they died in a monastery with Franciscan brothers, speaking to the interconnectedness of the Church of the East and that of the West.

The other side of the story is that of the Emir Abd El-Kader. He was an Algerian Muslim who saved about 10,000 Christians from the 1860 massacre. He is only one of the many people who stepped in to try to prevent the killings and his story is extremely important in the contemporary dialogue about Islam. The truth is that the massacre itself was not caused by religion but rather by political and economic factors. As in the case of most if not all wars, people on both sides commit horrible atrocities. Abd El-Kader was a righteous religious man and a testament to what good people do in difficult situations.

CLICK HERE to learn about Watershed’s ongoing video projects in Lebanon. CLICK HERE to read more of Eric’s blogs.

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