Posts Tagged ‘Chaldean Church’

The Symbol of Faith – The Creed

May 4, 2015
The Creed is called “The Symbol of Faith of the Three Hundred and Eighteen Bishops” by the Chaldean Church.  By the 5th century, persecution of the Church of the East had subsided, and its isolation from its Western brethren within the Roman Empire was ended.  The Western bishop, Mar Maruta, the bishop of Maypherkat {in Modern Turkey}, had managed to gain access to our Church fathers through the Persian King Yazdegerd.  In 410 AD, Mar Isaac {Mar `Ishak}, the cathalicos in Seleucia-Ctesiphon was able to convene the first official council in which Mar Maruta presented “The Symbol,” which was accepted along with sweeping reforms, standardization, and the canons of the Church.
The Mesopotamian Church had until then used various creed formulations, but now would use the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed formulation.  Interesting enough, the Creed as recorded and recited in the Synod records did not match what was in the Roman Empire after the councils of Nicea, 325 AD, and Constantinople, 381 AD.  The Creed also evolved to take on more uniformity with the West by the 6th Century {cf Synod of Mar Isho Yahb I}.  An person familiar with the Creed in the West will realize a few points of difference in the currently recited form.

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Beauty in the Chaldean Liturgy — Simon Esshaki

July 18, 2013

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. (more…)

Mar Jacob of Sarug on Resurrection Sunday

April 5, 2013

The following is a liturgical sermon from “The Teaching” by Mar Jacob of Sarug.  I have built the translation on the excerpted translated by Fr. Andrew Younan that is available on Kaldu. (more…)

Into the Desert of Lent

April 3, 2013

And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.  The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.”  — Matthew 3:17-4:3

If you are the Son of God… (more…)