Beauty in the Chaldean Liturgy — Simon Esshaki


The following article on Kaldu is from SimonEsshaki who posts on this blog.  This is a paper {link} he wrote analyzing the beauty of the Chaldean Liturgy of the Holy Offering {Qurbana Qaddisha} in light of St. Thomas Aquinas’s definition of beauty.

A couple of caveats when reading the paper.

  1. There’s a mention of Eucharistic ministers.  This is not the same as extraordinary Eucharistic ministers in the West.  Priests and evangelical deacons are the ministers of the Eucharist.
  2. This paper is on the reformed liturgy, although only a keen observation of the liturgy pre and post reform would make apparent the differences in it.
  3. I would like to clarify one statement… Simon mentions that “[The people] watch … as the servers and choir sing beautiful hymns”.  More often than not, all the faithful know the hymns and quite often join in. 🙂

Enjoy reading the paper.  The author is a seminarian who is in the process of finishing his studies and entering the priesthood.  We are blessed to have him.

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2 Responses to “Beauty in the Chaldean Liturgy — Simon Esshaki”

  1. Ian Holder Says:

    Nice to put a face to the author of the previous post, The Case for the Resurrection, and this work.

    Thank you for sharing: a very well-written, engaging and informative article. On subdeacon Simon’s points on Clarity, may I agree 100% that the melodies used in the Chaldean church are truly some of the most beautiful I have ever heard, and truly help to “elevate [my] mind to God and his mysteries”. I can still hear some of them in my head [been 2-3 years since my last visit to one; now I think I will search the internet for them…and perhaps look for a CD!: please recommend one] and they are truly uplifting — and beautiful. Much else to agree with, but that point in particular struck me.

    Oh, and on #3, on this side of the Bosphorus, I’ve noticed the Russian Orthodoxen laity seem much quieter than those in Antiochian parishes…I feel very odd if I murmur above a whispered response at Liturgy. Quite difficult for someone who loves to join in…even if my voice is so bad I should probably shut up. 😀

  2. antgaria Says:

    Yes… on #3, I’ve been to a parish that was more on the quiet side… and felt somewhat awkward singing along from the back when everyone around me was kind of quiet, or at most mumbling the hymn under their breath. And I dare say, I’m quite tone death and foul voiced at that. 😀

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