With His Stripes We Are Healed

Adult Bible Study concludes their retreat

"He was wounded for our transgressions... and with his stripes we were healed" Isaiah 53:5

20150301 111618Our second day of the Adult Bible Study retreat started with Sunday morning prayer. After That we started our fourth talk about the stations of the cross. Deacon David went ahead on explaining the passion of Christ and his agony as well as the plan of salvation. How Christ walking into each station is a lesson for us on how to walk through life and how by the coming of Christ made earth decide what happens on heaven unlike before Christ, it was heaven which decided what happens on earth. Each Station of the cross is a lesson on pure love because He who was innocent died the most gruesome way.


Meeting Jesus in the Desert

Adult Bible Study Lenten Retreat Day 1

Behold, the creator took a body of a creature and set an example for our human race.

20150228 204720An Adult Bible Study retreat prepared by Deacon David Stephen is taking place right now at St. George Monastery where a group of young men and women came together to prepare themselves to grow stronger in their faith. The Retreat started by praying Ramsha (evening) prayer, one of the oldest Chaldean traditional prayers. After that, Deacon David gave his first talk about Lent and its meaning; how it is a journey that makes us pure and less attached to this world and its materialistic desires. The talk ended by making a personal offering by each retreatant and placed it on a cross and offer it to God in the chapel.


Prepared by my Father

Reflection on the Third Sunday of Sawma

Article by Deacon Simon Esshaki

030115 sawma3The Gospel for this Sunday is the story of the mother of the sons of Zebedee approaching Jesus asking him if her sons can sit on the right and left of Jesus in his kingdom. We see in this story that James and John had a very strong faith; they believed in Christ so much that they knew for sure he was going to reign as King of Heaven. We even know from the other gospel accounts that they left everything and followed Jesus. Although these men had such a strong faith, Jesus points out to them a flaw in their mentality of discipleship. They asked Jesus for the wrong thing and he shows them that.


Walking Through the Stations

Remembering the final moments of Christ's life

Articly by Jennifer Meram

022715 pietaFeel the Earth shake; smell the musk in the air; hear the painful cries and watch the tears fall down Mary’s face.

Suppose you were one of the disciples beneath the cross and were able to live and retain every moment of the crucifixion. That is essentially the Stations of the Cross: the weekly commemoration of the Passion of Christ.

In a culture where technology is available at every turn, we have the constant opportunity to relive our favorite memories. Want to watch your favorite television show again? Back it up and watch it repeatedly on your DVR. Play a YouTube video of a cartoon and instantly reminisce on your childhood. Browse through vacation photos and be reminded of every turn, every look and every adventure you’ve ever wandered on.


Lord, If You Are Willing

Confessing to a Priest

Article by Wesama Zori

Imagine being isolated from those around you. Living daily with an illness that slowly eats away at your life. Nobody gets close to you, touches you, or even looks at you. Left to a life where your body is becoming crippled and will diminish until your death. In the time of Christ and for many years after, hundreds of people suffered from a disease called Leprosy. This was their fate, a permanent suffering, a physical death while they where alive. Unfortunately this disease is still present amongst us today, but in a different form. Every time we sin, every time we act against the word of God we cast upon ourselves the same fate as those with Leprosy. We bear the burden of having a stained soul, a stained life, a life of impurity. Isolated from the community of being baptized children of God. We are taught that we confess our sins to a priest in order to remove the sin from our souls, but we question that teaching because we have God to confess our sins to and be forgiven by.


Bear Good Fruit

Reflection on the readings for the Second Sunday of Sawma

Article by Andrew Ausie

In this reading the Lord warns all of us to beware of wolves in sheep clothing and not to be fooled by the outward appearance those who are evil. Time and time again we are warned about hypocrites and two faced people.

He tells us that we will know the hypocrites by the fruits that they bear. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and vice versa. What is Christ trying to teach us?

I think that he is teaching us how to guard ourselves against hypocrites and evil doers, but most of all I think that he is teaching us more about ourselves.


As Much As We Are Able

Reflection on the Basilica Hymn for the Second Sunday of Sawma

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 

A Fitting Introduction

Because of the descending nature of humanity after the fall, that is, because of the fact that our mind is so easily distracted from that which is right to that which it desires, the first focus of Lent was the relationship between the Lord and his Church rather than in some particular detail of our activities during this season. In the midst of our works of mercy and penance, it can be all too tempting to forget that the Lord and our union with him is the point of all that we do.

This week also, we refuse to be turned from our focus on Christ onto anything that we ourselves are doing. Even more so, we counter perhaps our own complaints with the aches and pains of the season, the blood and dust of the spiritual battle, with a heartfelt thanksgiving to God:


The School of Love

A Reflection on the Cross of Christ

By Sister Tarbytha Mariam Raban

Of all the events of Jesus’ life, the one that most people are familiar with, whether they are Christian or non-Christian, is his crucifixion. It is what sets Christianity apart and where God shows the world exactly what he means by a loving sacrifice. It is also something that is misunderstood by those who do not comprehend God’s way of doing things. In a world where ease is the goal of many and suffering is considered a crime, the crucifixion will ever be a thorn that afflicts the comfortable.  Yet it is in his tremendous suffering and death that Jesus ultimately fulfills every promise of the Old Covenant and even makes it new.


Myths About Lent

The season of Lent as celebrated in the Chaldean Church explained

By Deacon Wisam Jadan

021915 lentStarting on Monday February 16 for the Chaldean rite, and on Ash Wednesday for the Latin rite, more than 1 billion Christians around the world enter the season of Lent, a time of solemn spiritual preparation for Easter, the culmination of the church's calendar.

Despite its ancient history (Lent became standardized in the Catholic Church around the year 325) myths about Lenten traditions abound. Here are five of the most common, as well as one fact that may surprise you.


The Beloved are Lead by the Spirit

Reflection on the readings for the First Sunday of Sawma

021815 temptationIn this Sunday's Gospel immediately after Christ rises from the waters of the Jordan the Spirit descends on him and the voice cries out from Heaven, "This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased!" Then the spirit leads Christ forth into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Our tradition places these readings at the beginning of the season of Lent, perhaps to call to mind that we are the beloved children of God. The great vocation we have to be participants in the will of the Trinity.

There is a special calling in the hymns of the second week of Lent, in the litergical prayers of the Church, that we are called to join in the battle against the devil's power and to trample all of his sceaming. This is achieved in the participation in the fasting of our Lord. We follow our ancestors footsteps by fasting in communion with the Son of God.



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