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Hungry for God

On the Sacrament of the Eucharist - Part 2

Article by Shamasha Tarik Attar

The Thanksgiving offering (the Eucharist) is not just a remembrance of the past, but it is a live celebration of the reality of the presence of Christ among his faithful.  He is present and He is ‘The Present’, He is here now, and forever until the end of time continuing to renew us to Himself.  He is alive in its substance and dwells in the golden tabernacle and the tabernacle of our hearts. Just as the Israelites carried the tabernacle on their shoulders and housed it in the temple so we also have the Eucharist in the temple and we carry it with us to conquer the world.

Christ on the Cross of Calvary 2000 years ago and Christ on the altar of our Church today are the same person.  The Christ we meet today in the Mass is the Christ of history, for he is “Jesus Christ; the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Christ is not divided by time. Christ is also not divided by space or limited by matter. “Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species [consecrated bread and wine] and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ” 207 (CCC 1377).

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The Gift of the Groom to His Bride

On the Sacrament of the Eucharist - Part 1

Article by Shamasha Tarik Attar

The sacraments are the treasury of the church; they are the gifts of the Groom to his bride. However the crown of all sacraments is the Eucharist.  The whole point of this sacrament is to participate in the life of God and to become a tabernacle for God to process him out to the world.  The Eucharist is the center of the catholic faith because of its life giving, and sanctifying graces.

But why does God constitute something that is extremely difficult to accept? God created the universe so that we could exist and enjoy his love forever. To this end, he revealed himself to the whole world through a “Chosen People,” established a covenant of love with them. He continues to reveal Himself (although veiled under bread and wine) through His beloved bride the Church particularly through her priests.  It is through the church that we have an opportunity to be united with Him. So, God creates the universe to house the Church and the church is established to House the Eucharist (Himself) to be present among His new adopted sons and daughters.  God wants us to have the eyes of faith, therefor he remains hidden from the eyes of the world that refuses to accept him as His own chosen people refused to accept Him and condemned Him because their blindness and deafness as the prophet Isaiah proclaims.

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The War Among Us

A documentary about Chaldean Christians pursuing their faith amongst war and persecution

050615 warCurrently the Islamic State is capturing and harming Christians because of their faith. Great numbers are being forced out of their homeland, which they have inhabited since the time of Christ. 

"The War Among Us" is a documentary that explores the relationship between Chaldean Christians and Muslims both in Iraq and here in the United States, including the role that philosophy and theology plays in producing the complicated state of affairs that we find today.

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Paying the Price

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

Erbil, Iraq, (CNA): Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, some 60,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are taking refuge, tucked away in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Ankawa.

Having fled the violence of the Islamic State, some 150 Christian families have begun to settle into their new surroundings, which typically take the form of tents and shipment containers.

Displaced from their hometowns due to ongoing violence in Mosul, Tikrit, and Qaraqosh, they are accepting their temporary new living conditions, while realizing that for the foreseeable future, this is their life.

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Greedy Death was Unraveled

Reflection on the Basilica Hymn for the Fourth Sunday of the Resurrection

Article by Fr. Andrew Younan

For more reflections on the Basilica Hymns of each season, purchase Perpetual Jubilee: Meditations on the Chaldean Liturgical Year  on Amazon.com.

The Center of the World

The British having taken over a great part of the world in past centuries placed the “Prime Meridian,” the “zero-point” of the globe, through Greenwich, London, effectively making themselves the “center” of the world, and the location of everything else in the world relative to them. “West” meant “west of London,” and east meant “east of London;” the same goes for the still-used terms “middle east” and “far east.” The Babylonians were the first to make such a bold declaration, and placed themselves in the center when they drew the first known map of the world. It is the trademark of any dominant culture to make itself the reference-point to which everything else is related.

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Children, Have You Any Fish

MOMS Group enjoys a day retreat at the convent

IMG 3933On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 40 women gathered at the convent of Our Lady of the Fields for a day retreat hosted by the Workers of the Vineyard. The retreat was based on the last chapter of St. John's Gospel and focused on the interaction between Jesus and the disciples. The women gathered at the convent at 8:30am and started the day off with morning prayer followed by Communion service. After enjoying a small breakfast, the retreat began and lasted until 2pm. The speakers included Sister Tarbytha Mariam, along with the newly ordained Fr. Ankido Sipo and Fr. Simon Esshaki. Confession was also available throughtout the retreat thanks to the visiting priests. Though the retreat was only a few hours, the women were able to draw closer to Christ through the different talks and activities planned for the day. 

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If they killed and buried, why were they standing guard?

Reflection on the Basilica Hymn for the Third Sunday of the Resurrection

Article by Fr. Andrew Younan

For more reflections on the Basilica Hymns of each season, purchase Perpetual Jubilee: Meditations on the Chaldean Liturgical Year  on Amazon.com.

Reality Revisited

The “bare fact” of the rising of Christ and the evidence that supports it such as the empty tomb was stated and reflected upon by means of this hymn three weeks ago on Easter Sunday, as the second section of the Basilica Hymn for that greatest Feast of the year. The same hymn is repeated here, presented for our reflection a second time. A similar thing happened during Lent, when the same hymn was used during the first and last week, and we saw that the purpose there was to allow us to look at the same words with different, changed eyes, with eyes that had endured the battle and look back to its beginning matured and tempered from the fight.

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The First Fruits of St. Peter Diocese

The Priestly Ordination of Fr. Ankido Sipo and Fr. Simon Esshaki Friday, April 10th, 2015

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On behalf of our Parish Priests and Parish communities of Northern California Vicariate, I extend with prayers, most heartfelt sentiments to our beloved H.E. Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, for the first fruits of St. Peter Diocese, made manifest in the priestly ordination of Fr. Ankido Sipo and Fr. Simon Esshaki. Your Excellency, may The LORD our GOD Who chose you to shepherd Fr. Ankido and Fr. Simon into a life of sanctity, consecrated in Christ’s Name, confer on you His unfathomable Mercy, so that by His Word and Grace, you continue to feed (us) His Church.

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A Special Visit

Bishop Francis Kalabat joins the seminarians of Mar Abba the Great for Morning Prayer

Written by: Seminarian Marlo Georgis

IMG 0275On Monday, April 13, 2015, the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great had a special guest come to the seminary to join us in praying Slotha d-Sapra (Morning Prayer), followed by Razanayth (Communion Service); His Excellency Bishop Mar Francis Kallabat. Fr. Andrew Younan, the Rector of the seminary, gave Bishop Francis a grand tour since it was Bishop Francis’ first time visiting the seminary. Before Bishop Francis’ departure, we were blessed by receiving a blessing from him. We thank Bishop Francis for blessing us by his presence, and we pray that the Lord strengthens him and the Holy Spirit guides him for fulfill his episcopal mission. We hope to see you soon, Bishop Francis!

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Serving the Altar of Christ

Fr. Ankido Sipo celebrates his first Mass

IMG 6006On Sunday morning, April 12, 2015, newly ordained Fr. Ankido Sipo celebrated his first Mass at St. Peter Cathedral. Like Fr. Simon, Fr. Ankido chose to celebrate his first mass in Gushma (Chaldean) and was assisted by his former rector, Fr. Andrew Younan.

Fr. Ankido joined the newly established St. Joseph Monastery before his ordination. He is the first priest and monk of that order. We ask for continued prayers for our newly ordained priests. 

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