Jihadists resumed bombings against historic sites in Nineveh and destroyed remains of the ancient wall of Mosul, specialized sources reported today; while politicians accused the United States of hampering the counterterrorist fight.
A historian living in Mosul, the second largest in Iraq, told the publication Shafaq News that militants of the Islamic State (IS) destroyed on Tuesday night much of the historic city wall located on Tahrir neighborhood on the left coast of Mosul.
Ba'utha services take place three times a day at St. Peter Cathedral
The three days of Ba'utha d-Ninwayeh is always a time of special penitence in the Chaldean church. One way this is expressed is through fasting until noon and then abstaining from meat and dairy the rest of the day. Chaldean churches throughout the world hold prayer services for Ba'utha along with Communion Service or Holy Mass. At St. Peter Cathedral, the faithful have three different prayer services to choose from every day. Every morning and afternoon, the Ba'utha prayers are said in Chaldean. This year, a third service was offered in English.
St. Peter Cathedral holds Ba'utha prayers in English for the first time
For many English speaking Chaldeans, Ba'utha has always been something of a bittersweet experience. Though many love attending the prayer services and hearing the beautiful prayers, it is often difficult to submerge oneself entirely in the services when all the prayers are said in Chaldean. This year however was a very different story. For the first time at St. Peter Cathedral, the Ba'utha prayers were held in English every night of Ba'utha. For those who could not attend the 7pm services, the prayers were streamed live on www.kaldu.tv/live.
Reflection of the Wednesday of Ba'utha
During Ba'utha, we pray and fast with the rest of the Church in supplication to God. When we fast, we are at a sort of war with ourselves, giving to God freely what we enjoy so that by our fasting we may express our deep love and gratitude to Him. Yet as we fast, we often realize just how weak we are: we wait anxiously until Noon to eat, and when we are able to eat we complain about what we can eat. In today's Ba'utha meditations (Wednesday of Ba'utha), our Liturgy points this out sharply. In the Second Qiryana/Reading, this weakness is expressed:
If he is poor, he is sad, begets complaining; if he is rich, he puts on pride and arrogance. If he is good, he looks down on the human race; and if he sins, he is made weak and gives up hope. If he is wise, he forgets the clay within him; and if he prides, he is a beast without a mind.
Reflection on the Tuesday of Ba'utha
On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.* There is nothing that will shake a person like the possibility of their own death. Yet, it is a fact that we will all die. The only difference between us and the person diagnosed with a terminal illness is that they have a better idea of when it will happen. Death, the final frontier, is man's most terrifying enemy. We have spent countless dollars on age defying surgeries, medications and creams to slow the process down. Every other day, a new food is discovered that will lengthen our life span and allow us to live fuller lives. All of these efforts in the end turn out to be futile because in the past 200,000 years of man's existence every life has ended with death.
Reflection of the Monday of Ba’utha
Starting today the Chaldean Church begins its yearly three-day commemoration of the supplication of the Ninevites.
Ba’utha is a singularly meaningful liturgical mini-season for the Chaldean Church, because it exemplifies how unforgotten, important, and cherished the Chaldean nation is to God, and how wrapped up it is in salvation history. God had not hesitated to destroy many of His past offenders throughout the Old Testament (Sodom, Gomorrah, Jericho, etc.), typically reserving His mercy only for His chosen people the Hebrews; this second chance given to Nineveh reminds us of how the Hebrews are descendants of the Chaldeans, explaining why God sought their repentance rather than their demise.
Thanks to Christ, salvation has reached the gentiles, and God offers all mankind a chance to turn back and be saved. But what does it mean to be saved? Monday’s Ba’utha prayers give us hints:
Walk For Life San Francisco 2015
On the second day of the trip to Northern California, 54 of our youth members of Saint Peter's Chaldean-Catholic Church drove at 6AM from a quiet, relaxing night in Monterey, CA to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, CA. Here we participated in the opening mass at the beautiful Saint Mary's Cathedral along with hundreds of other Catholics from all around the country. It was a great sight to see the many bishops, priests, and nuns from various religious orders in leadership of those faithful laity in commune with the pro-life movement. After the mass, we walked from Saint Mary's inFrancisco over to the start of the 11th Annual Walk For Life where there were several speakers giving testimony and witness to the culture of life in our society. One special person we were blessed to have speak and have with us was the Papal Annuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.
Not only did we have Saint Peter's Youth with us from our diocese present at this event, but we had also joined side by side with the youth of our Northern Vicariate churches of Saint Mary's, Saint Thomas, and Saint Matthew's.
by Msgr. Felix Shabi
Bautha is a Chaldean-Aramaic word that means “Supplication” or a request or need. Liturgically speaking, Bautha is a special season of three consecutive days, Monday through Wednesday, during the fifth week of epiphany, or exactly three weeks before the “Lent-Sawma” The atmosphere of Bautha is characterized by the spirit of liturgical prayers, confessions, repentance from sins, fasting until midday from everything, abstinence from all animal products for the whole three days- and regret for sins and faults against God and people. The third and last day of Bautha is ceremonial, because it represents the end of the grief and abstinence and the start of new phase.
Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle
Congratulation Message for the New Chaldean Bishops
To His Beatitude Mar Louis Sako & Their Excellencies the Chaldean Bishops
15 January 2015
We offer our sincerest prayers and hearty congratulations on the occasion of the announcement of the approval by the Holy Father Pope Francis of the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of Mar Basel Yaldo as auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans, as well as the appointment by the Holy Father Pope Francis of Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona as bishop of the Chaldean eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle in Sydney, Australia, and of Mar Emmanuel Challita as bishop of the Chaldean eparchy of Mar Addai in Toronto, Canada.
Your prayer life at your fingertips
Of the many challenges a person may face in their personal life, making more time for prayer is a desire that is common among those who take their faith seriously. With so many people and things fighting for our attention, it often seems like God gets crammed into smaller and smaller corners of our lives. Though there are thousands of ways to talk to God, the church offers its own prayers to the faithful. For years, it was impossible for english speaking faithful of the Chaldean church to participate in these prayers unless they learned the Aramaic language. Finally, in 2013, St. Peter Diocese offered its faithful a translation of these prayers in the Emmanuel book.