In the Christian Quarter of Old Damascus, 20 yards from the street
called "Straight," thirteen of us gathered around the long table in
the vaulted dining room of the Syrian Orthodox Seminary. Our simple,
evening meal began with the prayer Jesus taught chanted in a dialect
of the language Jesus spoke, Syriac. The Lord's Prayer was lead by
the spiritual director of the seminary, a gentle and wise monk named
Father Issa. The English equivalent of his name is Jesus.
Father "Jesus" sat at the head of the table which happened to include
12 others that evening. The dining room was framed by two pictures of
the Lord's Supper.
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