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Memorial of Rabban Hormizd
By Fr. Noel Gorgis :: Sunday, April 22, 2007 :: 42293 Views :: Religion & Spirituality

MEMORIAL OF RABBAN HORMIZD
Second Sunday after Easter
(According to Chaldean Calendar)
By Fr. Noel Gorgis

ORDER OF RABBAN HORMZD FOR CHALDEAN CHURCH

As we are celebrating the feast of Rabban (Monk) Hormizd, we are reminded of a great saint who spent his life meditating and praying in a monastery in the mountain so as to be close to God. We are also reminded of the importance of the monastic life in our church of the East.


The Monastery in the Church of the East

The monastic life has spread extensively in the Church of the East since the 4th century, and this means  its establishment has existed for several centuries it was founded by followers who were known as the “Children of the Covenant ܒܢܝ ܩܝܡܐ”  and “The Virgin ܒܬܘܠܐ “.

During the 40th year of persecution by the Persian King Shapour II (318-339), all monasteries were destroyed while the divisions in the church further corrupted the monastic life.

It was not until the century when Mar Auraha the Kashkaraya  (503-588) authored and renewed the canon laws for the monks to adhere and obey, and these laws have since catapulted our church to its highest level of spiritual perfection in the 6th and 7th centuries. Consequently Mar Auraha was considered the Great for his leadership as well as for his life of holiness.

Rabban Hormizd

Hormizd was born in Bet Lapat in the Ahwas (Iran) province in the 6th century. When he reached the age of twenty, he decided to answer the Lord’s call to become a monk; so, he took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On his way there, he met three monks from Bar Aeta ܒܪܝ ܥܕܬܐmonastery who asked him to join them.

After six years of a holy life as novice and monk, his abbot asked him to study in solitude as a hermit so that he could grow more in virtues.

For thirty-nine years he was living in a cave close to Bar Aeta monastery, and then he took a journey and settled in Deara Bet Abee ܕܝܪܐ ܕܒܝܬ ܥܒܐ and Dear D’reasha  ܕܝܪܐ ܕܪܫܐwith a group of monks.

However, because the fountains of water at the monastery ran dry, they, they decided to separate into groups of two to find a better place to meditate and be close to God.

Our Saint then joined Rabban Auraha, whose monastery is in the north of Nineveh, and decided to stay in the mountains of Bet Aedry (Alqoush-north of Nineveh).

He spent twenty-two years at this monastery and died at the age of 87 and left behind many devoted monks.

Miracles

Rabban Hormizd’s fame spread throughout the surrounding regions of Alqoush, where believers came to him to ask for his blessing and brought to him those who were sick and possessed by demons, all of whom he cured and their health restored.

It also happened that the son of Mayor of Nineveh was sick and the doctors could not cure him; so, they told the mayor to carry him to Rabban Horizd so he could be cured.

The mayor did as he was told, but when they were approaching Alqoush, his son died. The people of Alqoush then implored the mayor to take him immediately to Saint Raban Hormizd as they were sure he would bring the mayor’s son back his life as he had done for many people before. So, he did, and the spread the words that Hormizd restored the lives of many, and they glorified God, whose love prevailed for all, including Nineveh’s Mayor and his son who were Muslim.

The Monastry After Rabban Hormizd’s Death

As the order of Rabban Hormizd was growing in numbers after his death, it was also growing in virtues, holiness, and learning.

Consequently, the monastery played such a major role in the life of the Church of the East that it was one of its leading members, Mar Youhana Sulaqa, who united the church of the East with the Roman Catholic Church upon his being elected patriarch and his visit to Rome in 1552.

Mar Youhana Sulaqa subsequently served the church all his life until his assassination in Aemadia in northern Iraq in the year 1555.

Since then, many of the succeeding leaders in the patriarch position were from the Rabban Hormizd Order, and our church has also been in close communion with the Catholic Church.

The Rabban Hormizd Order Today

In the early 19th century, the monastic life was renewed by Abba (Fr) Gawriel Danbo of Mardeen (1832), Turkey, who further spread the order all through the Alqoush region.

Today six monasteries belong to the Order of Rabban Hormizd, including the

  • Rabban Hormizd Monastery;
  • the Monastery of Our Lady of Guarian of Plants, in Alqoush;
  • the Monastery of Our Lady of Guarian of Plants, in Alqoush;
  • St. George, in Nineveh;
  • Mar Antony of the Desert, in Baghdad;
  • St. Joseph, in Rome; and
  • St. George, in Perris, California.


Mother of God Church, MI USA

 

Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
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Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Pastor:
Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti
 


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Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
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 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. 

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