Readings in Chaldean
Sermon by Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo
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Readings in English
Sermon by Fr. Michael Bazzi
And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."...
O Lord, your Church saved by your cross and your flock bought with your precious Blood offers a crown of thanksgiving in faith to you,O High Priest of justice who has exalted her by your abasement. And, like a glorious Bride, she rejoices and exults in you, O glorious Bridegroom. In the strength of the Truth, raise the walls of her salvation, and establish priests within her to be ambassadors of peace on behalf of her children.
Translations and commentaries by Fr. Andrew Younan.
Blessed is Christ who gave victory to mortals in his fasting
and humbled the power of the tyrant in view of those watching the fight.
Satan went up, humiliated from the first fight,
and changed the arena of battle, and the weapons for a second war.
From battle to battle, he longed with vain hope,
considering the many opportunities before him.
“With the root of the love of money, which bears the mould of avarice,
I shall fight against him, for evil things sprout from it.”
With the love of money he wished to make war against him;
upon a mountain he longed to show off the beauty of his possessions.
The Creator gave him his desire, knowing what he wanted,
and brought our Savior up to the mountain to wrestle against the evil one.
Satan was humiliated by our Lord, and his hosts were scattered,
and all [those on] the left sat down, and lamented the rebel’s fall.