O Lord God, Heavenly Father
You brought the Persian Magi to honour our Lord Jesus at his birth, after they had waited hundreds of years for a saviour. We now pray for your people in Iran, both for those who already know you and those who are still waiting.
Pour down your Holy Spirit upon them in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
FDI Residential Conference
At the London School of Theology
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
THE RIGHT REV HASSAN DEHQANI-TAFTI: EXILED ANGLICAN BISHOP IN IRAN
Hassan Dehqani-Tafti was Bishop in Iran from 1961, in exile from 1979 until 1985. His life, it is fair to say, was an epic Anglican Christian story. His 1959 autobiography (published in both Persian and English) borrowed its title from the central Maidan (the great royal square) in the city of Isfahan; Naqsh-i-jahan. Like the square, his life was a unity with four sides or dimensions.
The first was his early life in what was then Persia, in the rural town of Taft, where Hassan Barnaba Dehqani-Tafti had been born in 1920. There his Muslim nurture came to embrace a Christian discipleship... Read More