Celbrating Our Belonging to Each Other in Christ

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The following is a copy and paste from Kaldu.org.  It is a wonderful analysis that was written by our bishop, H.E. Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo, more than a year ago, but one that I have been going back to on several occasions.  It is worth re-posting here.  As you can see by my activity on this blog, I blog about as frequently and as well as I keep a journal or diary… and I am sorry.  🙂 More to come soon… relatively… and hopefully…

October 14, 2009

Celebrating Our Belonging to Each Other in Christ
By: Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo

Numerous faithful of our parishes in north California are scheduled to come to St. Peter Cathedral in San Diego, for a first-time Pilgrimage, on Saturday, October 17-18, 2009.  The historic meaning of this event cannot be ignored.  The movement of ecclesiastic unity between a segment of clergy and faithful of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses in the USA was a daring endeavor to contemplate, endure and achieve.  Only the grace of God working in the hearts of genuine faithful who submit themselves to the will of the Lord as expressed in his Holy Scriptures and in the understanding of Mesopotamian Tradition could have provided the needed clarity of vision and the endurance for all sides involved, in order to reach a happy finality. The principles and methodology that ruled the process leading to this finality have been proven to be a formula of success to emulate and expand.

Vision of Ecclesiology and Practical Approach:

1 – Living for centuries in a Christian community of particular Churches, each of them believing in a different Ecclesiology, the heirs of the ancient Mesopotamian Church of the East, the Chaldeans and Assyrians, had to contemplate at the present time the Lordly call to ecclesial unity.  It was the pursuit of this goal of unity with humble research and candor, warming up to it a few years ago, which led a sizable group of Assyrians to merge in the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses of the USA and Australia.Happily, they are now serenely settled in equality of membership within the heritage of their own historic Church, sharing with Chaldeans and fellow Assyrians dignity, responsibility, and mutually enriching communion in the Lord.

2 –In pursuing ecclesial unity, a clear recognition of fact has been reached: that the Chaldean Catholic Church, due to its patriarchal dynasty, its actual size, its preservation of Mesopotamian ecclesial patrimony, and its spiritual and educational vitality, is the main remnant and heir of the ancient Church of the East. Therefore, she is as such the genuine “home” for all other segments and branches. Indeed, the Chaldean Catholic Church is the only extant institution in which Chaldeans and Assyrians declare freely and serenely mutual belonging and unity.

Valid Principal:
In addition to dogmatic principles, a fundamental principal in our dialogue for ecclesial unity was
and remains:
to retrieve the apostolic heritage of the ancient Church of the East, especially
in the matter of liturgy
, connect our practice to it, considering it a primordial reference in
all further developments.

Valid Methodology:
An ideal methodology, aiming at achieving ecclesial unity between Chaldeans and Assyrians would
envisage a dialogue between the two hierarchies.  This method was tried vigorously until it exhausted
its factual capacity, reaching a halt.  A different approach was then attempted:

to dialogue between the willing segments of both sides, in mutual recognition and equal dignity.

Happily for all sides, this method bore precious results. That is what we shall celebrate.

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One Response to “Celbrating Our Belonging to Each Other in Christ”

  1. Ian Says:

    Thank you for posting; it is a wonderful thing to read and a wonderful example of unity with humility and love.

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