The Word


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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29
Mar 2020
The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37

We thank always our heavenly father for all his blessings to give us this opportunity to be in His home to be with us in this liturgy. I know most of you at home wish to be with us, but believe me you are with us in the spirit, because our savior said “every 2 or three people who gather in my name, I’ll be in their midst of them.” So, we believe He is with you, as He is with us. Today is the 5th Sunday of the Holy Great Lent.......

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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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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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16
Feb 2020
Parable of the Talents - Syriac Orthodox Church

This Sunday is to pray for thanks to all the priests or all the departed priests. We pray for all the priests who served the churches — those who departed and are living in heaven, and also the living ones. We also have to put in our minds something very important related to this day. Matthew 10:42, it says “And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall in no......

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09
Feb 2020
Armor of God Syriac Orthodox Church

When somebody walks without God, people tell me sarcastically. “Abouna, nothing happens to him. And to the good one, whatever problems of the world happen to them.” We have to put in our mind something very important — those who walk in fear of God and follow Jesus, they will be the target of the evil one. No one throws stones at a tree without fruit. They only throw stones at the trees with the fruit, in order to get the fruit. So even though you are walking in fear of God......

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19
Jan 2020
Syriac Orthodox Church Sower Parable

Unlike the winter snow, that is cold, we warm our heart with the blessing, full of love. The 15th of January according to our Syriac Orthodox Church calendar, is called the feast of the Virgin Mary of the Sowing. In our church, we have many feasts for the Virgin Mary, which is also the name of our church, so we feel closer to her during these feasts. Usually we have only one feast for each saint, and for their departure from life. But only Virgin Mary and John the Baptist have more......

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12
Jan 2020
Syriac Orthodox Church - Jesus and Disciples

After He was baptized, Christ chose his Holy disciples and spoke of repentance and coming back to the kingdom. Coming back where we came from to enjoy His kingdom, peace, joy and happiness. He began with a very important statement as He began to preach. The message for all of us to understand is the #1 priority in our all life. “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” or in another translation “…for the kingdom of Heaven is near.” And we don’t mean years, we mean seconds. The salvation won’t......

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05
Jan 2020
Epiphany Syriac Orthodox Church

I would like to ask all of you to take a walk with me right now. Let us walk down to the Jordan River, where John the Baptist was baptizing others. He was a humble man, clothed in camel hair and a leather belt. He is the greatest of all the apostles, and he is the voice crying in the wilderness to make straight the path of the Lord. John the Baptist was preaching for the need of repentance and the washing of sins of all those who come to him. And......

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