The Royal Canadian Mint is planning to issue on February 2, 2016 a 1 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin "Traditional Ukrainian Pysanka" with a low mintage of 4,000. This is the first-ever egg-shaped coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint.
With its handcrafted beauty and intricate patterns, a pysanka is one of the most beloved forms of traditional Ukrainian folk art. This carefully decorated Easter egg is a veritable treasure trove of symbolism, where each motif and colour carries a deeper meaning that bestows a special blessing upon its recipient. The creative process itself is a time-honoured ritual, a tradition that predates Christianity and has been lovingly passed down from one generation to another. The pysanka egg, in all of its colourful splendour, remains an artistic celebration of life and rebirth, a blessed token of esteem, and a powerful protective emblem—for it is said that as long as pysanky are made, good will continue to prevail over evil.
The Gospel of John Chapter 9 tells the story of Jesus' healing of a man born blind. After telling his disciples that the man's blindness had nothing to do with either the man's sins or those of his parents, Jesus applied mud to the man's eyes and told him to wash it off at the Pool of Siloam.
On February 2, the Feast of St. Ghevond the Priest, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia, the sacrament of ordination and consecration of priests was offered in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin during the celebration of Divine Liturgy.
On 01 February in the Mother See, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mrs. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of National Defence of the Georgian Republic; and her delegation. They were accompanied by Mr. Davit Tonotyan, First Deputy of the Defence Minister of the Republic of Armenia and Rev. Fr. Movses Sargsyan, Vicar General of the RA Armed Forces.
Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria joined their local brethren in the majority-Syriac Christian town of Sadad to prevent it falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.
A symbol of Christian resistance, Sadad, which lies just 17 kilometers off a strategic highway connecting the capital Damascus and Homs in the west of the country, has faced an onslaught from Daesh and other jihadist militants since late October 2015 as the terrorists advanced across central Syria.
At least 120,000 people in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor are starving while ISIS continues to besiege the city.
Christian Today reports that, since 2011, ISIS has been in conflict with the Syrian Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army in the city. The Islamic State has gained control of most of the region.