The Word


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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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17
Feb 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Listen to Jesus with all your heart

I ask our heavenly father that he open our hearts and open our eyes, so we can see him and accept him in our life. We can accept him in our heart, because without his help and mercy we cannot actually see him and hear him in our heart. Today is the last Sunday of the Epiphany, celebrating the baptism of Jesus Christ, then we have 3 Sundays and then the Great Lent. Today’s text is really beautiful Luke 5:1-11, when Jesus calls His first disciples. It has so many meanings. I......

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10
Feb 2019
Sermon for Children: The Role of the Priest

As we all heard at the beginning of the Liturgy, we learned from St. Mark, about when Jesus chose his disciples. And then after Jesus picked those 12 disciples, He blessed them and prayed over them, and breathed in their faces, and they became high priests or priests. Each one of the disciples became Abouna. What is the job of an Abouna, or priest? We have to continue His job. He told them to go and preach the word of God. What do the priests do? We continue the job of God,......

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03
Feb 2019
From Andrew Bahhi: The Presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ at the Temple

Today we celebrate one of the most important feasts in the church. We call it the presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ at the Temple. This feast is always celebrated 40 days after Christmas. This is a feast where the biggest encounter happened – the meeting between the Old Testament and New Testament; the meeting between the Old Man and the New Man; the Old Law and the Grace. We ask our heavenly father to ask to be with us, like Simeon the elder. The story goes, where one of the Roman......

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20
Jan 2019
We Welcome His Eminence Mor Grigorios Melki Urek, from Adiyaman Turkey

We were recently blessed to host His Eminence Mor Grigorios Melki Urek, Metropolitan Patriarchal vicar of Adiyaman Turkey, to participate in our Holy Liturgy and provide the Sunday sermon. Here is a general English translation of the key parts of his sermon from Turkish. My dear brethren, I am not sure how to say it, but since I know many in this group have come from Diyarbakir, Adiyaman and Mardin, and the surrounding areas, that is why I am going to speak in Turkish. But of course, some people may not understand.......

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13
Jan 2019
From Father Saliba Kassis: Listening for the Calling

In today’s reading, John the Baptist is preaching all over the world about the coming of the kingdom of God. When he heard that John was in prison, he started preaching to repent. Because the kingdom of God is at hand. (Matthew 3:2) To talk about the kingdom of God, we talk about two ideas. To be in the presence of God, or He is with us. It is not just the afterlife, it starts from the coming of the Lord to save us. And the condition is to repent. To have......

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06
Jan 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Feast of the Epiphany

May God guide you and protect you in 2019, and whatever is in your mind. And we pray God will visit the sick people and do miracles, those who need a touch of healing, physically, emotionally, spiritually – and He will be with them and protect them. We must realize that we are very unique, and we are very different. Otherwise, we lose the opportunity to serve the heavenly Father, and receive the blessing. Today, we celebrate the very important feast, the Epiphany. It is equal to Christmas and the Resurrection, because......

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30
Dec 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: New Year, New Life

New Year’s is an opportunity to ask God for forgiveness and take all the iniquity and sins, and make this the year of the blessing, healing, peace and reconciliation, and the year for each one of us to walk with God and accept God as savior for his/her life. Another year from your life will pass, but you still have another opportunity for years to come to be with Him, walk with Him, and be according to His heart. It is not easy to be faithful, Galatians says one of the fruits......

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25
Dec 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Make Christmas 2018 Your Turning Point

Merry Christmas. Like the angel who came to the shepherds and declared upon the birth of Jesus “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14) After that, a multitude of angels came to tell the good news of the savior. This feast is a feast of the most important event to happen on this earth. Since Adam and Eve left paradise, God said the seed of the women would come and crush the hate of the serpent. God then chose a very special woman,......

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16
Dec 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Revelation of Joseph is a Lesson

I ask our heavenly father to be with you and open our hearts as Joseph did so Jesus could become our savior. But when we talk about the revelation of Joseph, we speak about a righteous man. The Bible does not speak about him a lot, nor does the Bible record any single words attributable to him. But at the same time, he played an important role in the journey of Jesus Christ. This sermon I direct towards men. After he found that Mary was pregnant, Joseph began to see the change......

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