More than 100 students, faculty, religious leaders and local residents gathered on the academic quadrangle at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Sept. 17 for an outdoor vigil and prayer service in support of persecuted Christian churches in the Middle East.
The evening event was organized in support of the persecuted Christian churches in the Middle East, especially those in Iraq and Syria, said Father Jordan Lenaghan, Catholic chaplain at Quinnipiac. He called it a human rights event designed to raise awareness of the recent destruction of nearly 2,000-year-old communities in the Middle East.
Local Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Assyrian Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish and Catholic clergy participated. The people on hand, many holding candles in the chilly night air, heard the Gospel as read in English, Greek, Coptic, Arabic and Aramaic. In addition, the destruction of non-Christian ethnic/religious communities in the Middle East was remembered.