Feature Articles


05
Apr 2020
Jesus and the Blind Man Luk 18

Sunday sermon from His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak: On the 6th Sunday of our Journey for Easter, a person in great need tried to attract the attention of the people around Jesus. It was a special request. As we read in Luke 18:35-45: Life was passing the blind man. He had been sitting on the sideline of life, begging because he had no way to make a living for himself. He could not go on a trip like the people of Jesus were doing. People were passing him by and looking......

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22
Mar 2020
Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary - Holy Liturgy

Dear Parishioners, As we have informed you recently in special email and social media alerts, our church is closed during this period of extra caution amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but we are ramping up efforts to support you with regular church services and messages online. To ensure you are keeping up to date, we suggest you follow the following sites: Church Website: Visit for church details. Church Facebook Page: Hit the “Follow” button to keep connected on church and archdiocese-wide weekly Holy Liturgy services and messages.           Note: A......

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15
Mar 2020
Paralytic Man Lent Assyrian Orthodox Church

We thank our heavenly father for all the blessings he gives us every day. We believe in the almighty. And He said, “I will never forsake you or forget you for all the days of your life until I come again.” We need to hear these verses, especially in these days. For when God is with us, nobody can be against us. Today’s the third Sunday of the great Lent, and we commemorate the healing of the paralytic man. It reminds us there is nothing that can help us except our savior......

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13
Mar 2020
Official Church Announcement on Coronavirus - March 13, 2020

The following statement has been issued by His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak after recent meetings with clergy: Special Statement about Coronavirus “And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.” (Numbers 16:48) Very Reverend, reverend fathers, parish council presidents and beloved faithful, May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. All of you have been going through a challenging period recently and are unsure how to live our lives. The threat of coronavirus is in our communities, schools, and businesses. And yet,......

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23
Feb 2020
Faithful departed Syriac Orthodox Church

This Sunday is the Sunday that we call for all the faithful departed. Next Sunday is going to be the first Sunday of the Holy Lent. And after that, we begin a beautiful and Holy journey to the crucifixion and resurrection. The departed were once among us, and we now believe they are up in a very good place. We know, most importantly they are with Jesus Christ and He is the life. Jesus says I am the life and the way and the resurrection. When we move from this earth, He......

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25
Dec 2019
Christmas 2019 Syriac Orthodox Church

Christmas is the day when the Savior is born; and He was not only the Savior, but the prince of peace, the one who made reconciliation between heaven and earth. When we celebrate, and say “Merry Christmas,” we should share the real joy that the heaven descended to earth, although the earth did not receive it well. There was no room for Joseph and Mary, but the shepherds were honored to assist. The angels came to earth and told the shepherds “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace......

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15
Dec 2019
Sayidna John Kawak

During the past few weeks we were reading from the gospel according to St. Luke. Now we are in the preparatory season to receive the precious gift, from God, His son Jesus Christ who was to be born in our heart. We read about the annunciation to Zechariah, then Mary, and then the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. And last Sunday, Abouna Andrew spoke of the birth of John the Baptist and used him as an example for how we can be like John the Baptist. And today, we are going to......

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17
Nov 2019
Zechariah and John the Baptist

When we go to church after a long week, facing challenges in our life, we seek comfort, peace and rest in our mind, heart, body and thoughts. And we also seek forgiveness from the Almighty one to wash our hearts, receive His spiritual food – His body and blood – and we can charge our mind. So, we can go through the new week strong, facing our life without any fear. This is what the church is about. And so, the church prepares readings, and we can see the feasts, memorials and......

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27
Oct 2019
The Sermon on the Mount

When we read from Matthew 5, 6, 7, which we call the Sermon on the Mount from Jesus, we know there is nothing more important and significant. And he always said, “You heard…” and follows with “But I say to you…” Usually as a King gives decrees, only the King himself can make the change. In the Old Testament, Moses gave the commandments and the people kept and memorized those commandments. Nobody could change a single figure, until the arrival of Jesus Christ. Jesus, by saying “You heard” and “But I say......

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20
Oct 2019
Syriac Orthodox Church Sermon

When we speak about Jesus, we speak of good things. But when you test yourself through a hard time in your life, or you are not walking according to His word, no matter what you do or what you think, He is thinking of you. We see this in the story of the young man in the Book of Luke chapter 18 There was a young man, a ruler. He had a good social position among his people, and he was a rich young man. He showed Jesus all kinds of respect......

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