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 Sprit upon them in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Right Rev Hassan Dehqani-Tafti:Exiled Anglican Bishop in Iran
The Right Rev Hassan Barnaba Dehqani-Tafti: born Taft, Persia 14 May 1920; ordained deacon 1949, priest 1950; Pastor, St Luke's Church, Isfahan 1950-60; Pastor, St Paul's Church, Tehran 1960-61; Bishop in Iran 1961-90, Vicar-General 1990-91; President-Bishop, Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East 1976-86; Episcopal Canon, St George's Cathedral, Jerusalem 1976-90; Commissary to Bishop in Iran 1991-2000; Assistant Bishop of Winchester 1982-90, Honorary Assistant Bishop 1990-2006; married 1952 Margaret Thompson (three daughters, and one son deceased); died Oakham, Rutland 28 April 2008
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By the Power of the Spirit: Stories of Iranian Christians by Kenneth J Thomas
(Published by the Association of Iranian Presbyterian Churches and Fellowships in North America; 2015 – and in the UK available from Elam Publications – PO Box 75, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 6YP – or email to firstname.lastname@example.org) £3.00 plus postage.) Dr Kenneth Thomas, a Bible scholar, Presbyterian theological teacher in Iran for seventeen years and a translation consultant to the United Bible Societies, has produced this short (110 pages) and very readable account of twenty-seven figures he has selected from the history of Christian faith in Iran – a by-product of his major study of Persian language Bible translation noted below. Starting with Tatian and concluding with Bishop Hassan Dehqani-Tafti he ranges through eight different eras of the last two thousand years of Iranian history to highlight significant figures ‘whose birthplace was within the bounds of Persian domination at the time they lived. They can be described as Armenians, Assyrians, Persians or Kurds.’ The book is divided into two sections – Christians in Apostolic Churches and Christians in Newer Churches. Then through the lives of people like Aphrahat, Mar Aba 1, Ivanis ‘Izz al-Din, Yuhannan Gavilani, Jonathan Marzaki, Behravesh Pakizegi and Seth Yeghnazar we gain insights into Christian faith in Iran at different stages in its history. And those connected with the Diocese of Iran are well represented – Carapet Yohannes, Benyamin Badal, Norollah Hakim