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23
May 2021
Father Andrew Bahhi

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday after Resurrection. As we read, Christ is Risen. Indeed, He is risen. We should carry it through all our life not only after the Resurrection of the Christ but every day. Because as Christians, we know the evil always tries to attack us.  We fall under the burden of our lives, trials and our sins. So, we always need to remember; as Christ is risen from death, we can also rise from death. At the beginning of the liturgy, we had a beautiful reading from the......

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16
May 2021
Jesus speaks to Peter

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday after Easter, and in these times since the Resurrection Day, we read how Jesus began to appear to His disciples. The Bible says Jesus was teaching His disciples the secret of the kingdom, which is why this time is very important. We spoke about “life” on Resurrection Day, then “restoration” last week. And this Sunday we see in John 21 – when Jesus appeared to the disciples – that now we speak about this being the Sunday of the “correction.” Namely, with Peter. First, when Peter......

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09
May 2021
Father Andrew May 9

We call today the New Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter. Yet, today’s reading represents how we talk about doubt. The disciples spoke of seeing Jesus rise from death. But Thomas said, “no, unless I see with my eyes, or touch with my hand, I will not believe.” So why is the New Sunday also called the Doubt Sunday? Such opposition. But yet, our faith begins when we search for God, in other words, we have doubts. This doubt then will lead us to have faith. This doubt will lead you to......

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02
May 2021
Easter Syriac Orthodox Church

Christ has risen. Our dear brothers and sisters, I am very happy and very blessed and very honored and humbled to celebrate this liturgy, especially when last year we were not able to celebrate together this beautiful Easter. And we cry out Christ Is Risen. We should always, whenever you are down, remember what happened to Jesus and his disciples, and on Sunday, Christ rose from death. Ask God to help you to help you and raise you up from wherever you are, whatever you face, whatever things you are going through.......

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01
May 2021
Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary - Holy Liturgy

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25
Apr 2021
Palm Sunday 2021 Syriac Orthodox Church

Today, we celebrate the entering of our Savior Jesus Christ to Jerusalem. We call this Sunday “Palm Sunday.” This Sunday where the little children and unknown people rejoiced and praised the king of kings. And what the Lord is doing today is coming here to our church, our life, our houses – is there anybody ready to worship him, praise him, to call to him “Hosanna, in the highest”? Yes! Hosanna is a Syriac word meaning, “Oh Lord, safe.” I pray that we can all be like the little children who rejoiced......

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18
Apr 2021
Jesus and the Blind Man

Today is the 6th Sunday of the Holy Lent, where we read the Miracle of the Blind Man. In the Bible, we see 3 times about Jesus Christ helping people who suffer from blindness. In each time, Jesus helped in different ways to heal them. Today according to the Gospel of Mark, we read when Jesus helped a man called Bartimaeus or in Syriac called Bartimay. (Timay means somebody valuable, who has a very special place). When we read the gospel about this miracle, we can say Bartimay was a man who......

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04
Apr 2021
The Faith of the Canaanite Woman - From Father Andrew Bahhi

This is the 4th Sunday of the Great Lent, where we read in the book of Matthew about a beautiful miracle. We speak of the healing of the daughter of the Canaanite woman. One day Jesus was near Tyre and Sidon. There were gentiles there, nonbelievers, and there was also a faithful woman from that area. She came, and she was crying out to Jesus explaining her problem. “Son of David, have mercy on my daughter because she is possessed by demons,” she said. Jesus then looked to her while speaking “How......

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28
Mar 2021
Paralytic Man Syriac Orthodox Church

I thank our Holy Father for all the blessings and mercies, and that we are alive. As long as we are alive, the door is still open to come back to God, repent, and open our heart. Especially in this season, the holiday of the Holy Lent. Come closer to God and please Him by offering true repentance and love and coming to Him. We call this Sunday the 3rd Sunday of the Holy Lent, where we read about a new miracle Jesus Christ had done when he held the paralytic man.......

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07
Mar 2021
Syriac Orthodox Church Father Andrew Bahhi

For this Sunday, the Sunday for all the faithful departed, this is the Sunday that should wake us all up. Because we have the chance to repent and to come back. That’s why we read today in Luke 12:40 “Be ready because the son of man is coming at the very hour you don’t expect.” Jesus will come and serve His children. Can you imagine the honor for us, the creation, to have the Savior standing up and serving us? Our savior needs nothing from us, except to be ready. How can......

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