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May 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Renew Yourself with Jesus

We are continuing to celebrate the time after the resurrection of Jesus until he ascends to heaven. At this time of the year, through all the songs and prayers, we are reminded that he can bring you comfort and victory over all your bad circumstances. In John 21: 1-14, we read about the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples. And this happened while 7 of them were trying to fish, but they could not catch anything. And by the morning they saw Jesus on the shore. And John announced, “He is......

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Apr 2019
Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary - Easter 2019

Christ has Risen. Let’s all of us say “Indeed he’s Risen” 50 days ago, we began a beautiful season we called the Holy Lent. I thank the Holy Father that during this beautiful journey, that He is crowned with the death and resurrection of our Savior. Like the spring when everything comes back to life, for you also begins a new season of life. It is crowned with the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. By the power of the resurrection we ask that He bless our life always, all the days......

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Apr 2019
Easter 2019 Message from Father Andrew Bahhi

“For I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not Here for He has risen!” (Matthew 28:5-6) Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, As we complete our Lenten journey and the commemoration of the last days that Jesus lived here on earth, which helped us enter deeply into the betrayal of Jesus, His sacrifice, His suffering, His death and His glorious resurrection. Today, The Lord is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! We celebrate our hope and victory over sin and death. God used the death and the resurrection......

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Apr 2019
Father Andrew Bahhi Bartimeus

This Sunday, according to our Church Calendar, we call the healing of the blind man. Jesus heals the blind Bartimeus (Mark 10:46-52). In the beginning of the Liturgy, we begin “In your light Lord…” And by reading about this miracle, we read about how to receive light into our life. As the Bible reads here, a lot of people were traveling from Jericho to Jerusalem for Passover, and both sides of the road were packed for what was like a huge bazaar. There were a lot of people selling because this was......

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Mar 2019
From Father Saliba Kassis: Showing Great Faith for the Great Lent

Our reading today is from Matthew 15:21-31 to help us mark the 4th Sunday of the Great Lent. Here we remember the great faith of a Galilean woman, a story of salvation, faith and trust. This woman brought her daughter, demon possessed, and she was full of pain and suffering in her life. The Canaanite people did not know of the Lord, were not chosen by Abraham, they were known as foreign people. Jesus went to Tyre and Sidon, a world not known by the Israelites. Why did he go there? To......

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Mar 2019
From Andrew Bahhi: Healing the Paralytic Man, Healing Yourself

In this beautify season of the Holy Lent, it is an opportunity for each one of us to be closer to God. Through the fast, the prayers, the charity work, through all kinds of piety work we can please Him and we can tell Him how much we love him. Every Sunday of the Lent is like a journey towards to the beautiful event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday there is a special reading that brings us closer to that event. Last Sunday we spoke about the man who......

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Mar 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Show Compassion for Those Who Need it Most for Lent

This very spiritual journey of the Holy Lent—if we live it with a pure heart, can have a blessing in our personal and family life. When Jesus fasted, he was training us. This is a lesson for us – when we fast, we have to read the Bible, and receive the peace that we need in our life. In the beginning of each Sunday Liturgy, we give “peace” with our hands. If we are mad with someone, we have to instead have peace with each other. In our Liturgy book, page 24,......

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Mar 2019
Sunday of the Faithful Departed

When I see the church is full of believers, my heart is full of joy and happiness. And more than me, our heavenly father is full of joy and happiness. He is very happy as he sees all his children coming to His House. Today is called the Sunday for all the Faithful Departed, all those who were one day with us here on earth and then they joined the rest of the people of heaven. And today, we had a special prayer for those people. First, a lesson about that from......

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Feb 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Remembering Priests who Departed

Today on the church calendar calls on us to remember those priests who have departed, those who have served on the altar of the Lord during their lives. Especially the ones that we know, the living ones and the departed ones. Patriarchs and bishops, too. We talk about a very high, and very blessed sacrament of the priesthood. How high it is and how blessed they are in serving. The writer of a hymn says “I was amazed. How elevated is the priest’s reign? A priest is higher than an angel and......

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