Posts Tagged ‘Liturgy’

Curtains in the Chaldean Church

January 15, 2014

The Chaldean Church, in authentic continuation in the tradition from apostolic times has always used curtains in its liturgy.  It is true that in churches that are smaller with less means, or for other reasons cannot tenably have the curtains, curtains were absent, but this was to be the exception and one can see in the liturgical books and the writings of the magesterium and the bishops that their usage was never dropped. (more…)


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…)

The confidence that is from God… p2

May 3, 2013

In the previous posting on this subject, we quickly discussed confidence as seen in the prayer before the “Our Father”.  We now make a small detour to explain the concept of boldness in speech.

The term “parrhesia” during the time of the Greek philosophers referred to a confidence that implied 1) there was a truth or subject matter that needed to be authenticated, and 2) an subordinate/lesser relationship of the parrhesiastes {those who spoke with parrhesia} to the person(S) being addressed, implying a potential risk to the parrhesiastes for speaking boldly. It was an addressed that needed to be made in an effort to affect the listener and change their hearts/beliefs. It was often direct, tactless, and deemed necessary. (more…)

The confidence that is from God… p1

April 22, 2013

Theological confidence, ie parrhesia {ܦܪܗܣܝܐ}, like when the priest prays “make us worthy, my Lord, by that confidence that is from you, that we may all worthily call on you and pray thus” before the Our Father in the evening service, can be seen by that same prayer to be from the Lord. It implies boldness, confidence, liberty. (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…)

On The Incarnation Part 3… Soteriological – As an Example

August 8, 2012

In the previous part of this discussion, we reflected on the self-emptying of Christ.  St. Paul asks that his readers imitate that self-emptying.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that one of the reasons for the Incarnation of the Word is: (more…)

On The Incarnation Part 2… Soteriological – Lift Up Our Nature

August 8, 2012

The Incarnation took place in the plan of God for the emancipation of our human race from slavery to sin.  It must be looked at in a soteriological context, and as such its links to the Crucifixion/Resurrection must be acknowledged.  The events of Easter were in God’s plan even as the Incarnation happened. Peter emphasizes this when addressing the gathered crowd regarding the Messiah death and resurrection (Acts 2:22-24): (more…)

On The Incarnation Part 1… From the Church of the East Fathers.

August 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Hymn of Mar Narsai:

The great love which the Lover of our race showed us is indescribable:
For from our race, he made a Mediator, and he reconciled the world with his Majesty.
It is a thing too great for us and all creatures;
it is a new thing he has done for our humanity:
that he has made our body a holy temple, in which he fulfills the worship of all.
Come, O earthly and heavenly, wonder and marvel at the greatness of our station:
for our race has reached the great height of incomprehensible Divinity!
Heaven and earth and all therein give thanks to the Magnifier of our race,
For he renewed our image and wiped away our iniquity,
called us in his Name and made all things subject to us. (more…)

The Memorial of the Faithful Deceased

March 19, 2011

O Christ King, give rest to your servants’ spirits in peace among all your saints, where suffering does not reign, nor grief or distress, but the promised eternal life. – Mawtwa

On Friday, March 4th, the last Friday of the Season of the Epiphany, St. Mary’s parish celebrated the Memorial of the Faithful Deceased.  This commemoration is the Chaldean equivalent to that of All Soul’s in the Roman liturgical calendar, or the Saturday of the Dead in the Byzantine liturgical calendars.  In these Eastern rites, the date is the eight Sunday before Easter, and two before Lent, but on that day, the members of those churches traditionally began to abstain from meat.  But in our Chaldean (Church of the East) practice, this date marks the last Friday before entry into Lent itself. (more…)

Presentation to Synod in 2005

April 22, 2008

Before discussing further the history of this present movement, and all that led to it starting from a time long ago, I’d like why we who have chosen to follow Bishop Bawai Soro have full-heartedly supported him in these troubled times.

In November of 2005, His Grace went to Chicago to attend a Synod meeting which would bring no surprise for many of us. Far too many of us in the congregation knew already what lay in store and what we were to expect. Actually, not just in our congregation, but from San Jose, to Chicago, to Europe, and Australia, everyone understood what was to come forth from this Synod. There had been an uneasiness brewing, and people from both sides were anticipating the results of this gathering. One side anticipated with joy, some of its members having been assured of the results before the synod had even been convened — the other side in sadness hoping against that their fears would not be realized. (more…)