Tuesday, October 28, 2008

morning bell week 28: Hassan Dehqani-Tafti

This week the morning bell is taking inspiration from one of the Christian communities of the East. We are working with a prayer by the Iranian bishop Hassan Dehqani-Tafti, who died earlier this year. He was the Anglican Bishop in Iran from 1961 to 1990. He had to spend the last 11 years of that time in exile following a shooting attempt on his life in 1979 in which his wife was wounded. The following year his only son, 24-year-old Bahram, was murdered. This prayer by Hassan Dehqani-Tafti is a deeply personal prayer born out of struggle, and yet it has a real capacity to become a prayer for many, and something perhaps that may change us as we pray it.

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