Fasting: A War Against Ourselves

January 28, 2015

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 [...]

Ba’utha Prayer Services in English

January 28, 2015

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 [...]

Offering Supplication to God

January 28, 2015

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 [...]

Stunned by His Cries

January 27, 2015

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 [...]

Repentance in Its Entirety

January 26, 2015

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 [...]

Ba’utha Prayer Service in English

February 13, 2014

For the first time our Diocese sung a selection of liturgical prayers from Ba’utha in English. Anyone who owns a copy, or has used the Emmanuelprayer book should have [...]

Ba’utha Reflection – Day 3

February 12, 2014

Jonah’s reaction to the Ninevites’ repentance and God’s acceptance of them sheds light on his desire to have run away from God in the beginning. He, in fact, tells us [...]

Ba’utha Reflection – Day 2

February 11, 2014

As healthy and humbling as it is to compare oneself with Jonah and his stubbornness, Ba’utha is a time meant to commiserate with the Ninevites — to unite our [...]

Ba’utha Reflection – Day 1

February 10, 2014

In a culture where running away has become practically virtuous (or, in the least, tolerable), we have much to learn from God in the Old Testament Book of the Prophet Jonah. [...]
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