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Memorial of Rabban Hormizd
By Fr. Noel Gorgis :: Sunday, April 22, 2007 :: 28071 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.


St. George, MI USA
St. George Chaldean Catholic Church
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Pastor: Rev.
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Rev. Emanuel Shaleta 
Rev. Emanuel Hana Isho Shaleta was born in the village of Peshabur in northern Iraq. After completing his primary education he applied and was admitted in September 1971, to the illustrious St. John Seminary in Mosul, Iraq. In 1977 Rev. Shaleta was awarded a scholarship to study philosophy and theology in the renowned Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome. There he obtained a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. 
 
The reverends impressive work earned him the honor to be ordained to the priesthood by the hands of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on May 31, 1984. 
 
On June 3, 1987, Fr. Shaleta was assigned to serve as pastor for St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where he served for just about a decade and a half. 
 
In December 2000, Fr. Shaleta was called to assist St. Jospeh Catholic Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan and shortly thereafter was appointed pastor in 2002. Fr. Shaleta’s impressive leadership merited a unanimous appointment as the first pastor of St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, in Shelby Twp. Michigan, billed as the largest Chaldean church in the world. Fr. Shaleta continues to this day to impressively lead the faithful and offer wonderful opportunities and service to the community. 
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1970. Rev. Yaldo graduated from the National Teachers College in Iraq in 1989 and was drafted in the army in 1990. In 1993, he was honorably discharged for his service. A year later Rev. Yaldo was admitted to Babel College in Baghdad to study philosophy and theology. There Fr. Yaldo, received a scholarship to study in Rome at Urban College, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theology in 2001. 
 
On November 23, 2002, Fr. Yaldo was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle for the Chaldeans. Fr. Yaldo continued his studies whereby he completed a masters degree in Dogmatic Theology with a focus on Marian studies from Urban College in 2003. 
 
The following year he was appointed assistant director of the seminary in the Dora district of Baghdad, and taught Dogmatic Theology at Babel College. His commanding leadership and steadfast skills earned him the secretarial appointment to Patriarch Emanuel III Delly. Upon completion of his duties as patriarchal secretary, Fr. Yaldo was nominated and selected as assistant pastor to St. George Chaldean Catholic Church Shelby Township, Michigan.