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Full text of "Journeys In Persia And Kurdistan ( Vol.Ii)."

LETTER XXVIII

CHEISTIAN UNION

utterly unprepared, and in a region full of fear and
danger, in which our co-religionists are the nearly help-
less prey of fanatical mountaineers, whose profession is
robbery.

Looking round on the handsome men and comely
women, who would greet the sunrise with Christian
prayer and praise, and whose ancestors have worshipped

A  SYEIAN FAMILY.

Christ as God for fourteen centuries in these mountain
fastnesses, I wondered much at my former apathy
concerning them. It is easier to feel them our fellow-
Christians on the spot than to put the feeling into words,
but writing here in the house of their Patriarch, the
Gatholicos of the East, I realise that the Cross signed on
their brows in baptism is to them as to us the symbol
of triumph and of hope; that by them as by us the
Eucharistic emblems are received for the life of the
soul, " in remembrance of Christ's meritorious Cross and

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