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MEMORIAL OF RABBAN HORMIZDSecond 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.
Washington DC, USA - Chaldeans have always recognized the importance of information. As a persecuted community, getting the right information as soon as possible saved lives. To keep Chaldeans under control they were forced to wear the yoke of dhimmi, pushed into camps or small villages, and prohibited from organizing. Christians were seen as a threat if they organized.
“The American buffet of information may be coming to an end if Chaldeans fail to act and allow congress to pass Bill 984,” says Alexander Butros, a Chaldean political activist and attorney. “Congress is pulling another power play and sticking it to grassroots groups to keep them from voicing their concerns with this sham bill.”
Washington DC, USA – Chaldeans overwhelming applaud America’s Supreme Court's majority who has upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 that president Bush singed into law. Chaldean activists continue to fight hard alongside others throughout the world to stop the killing of babies. “Over 95% of abortions are performed out of social convenience. It is sad that the ignorant among us are being manipulated into killing their babies. We are the abolitionists of our time. We must protect the weak and innocent and stop those who believe these babies are not human,” says UCLA’s Right to Life student leader Susan Jajou.
Baghdad, IRAQ – “Get rid of the cross or we will burn your Churches.” This is the threat aimed at the Chaldean Church of Sts Peter and Paul, located in the ancient Christian quarter of Baghdad, Dora. Local sources say an unknown armed Islamic group is behind the threats which are inseminating terror in the capital. The website www.Ankawa.com and AINA news agency along with Asia News have reported a ravage and inhuman campaign of against Christians in the area. Even Mosul, a Sunni stronghold, the Christian presence is become grave.
The Islamic group active in Dora seems to have delivered an ultimatum to the Christian community there: convert to Islam or die!
"From deep within a faithful church, a priest tells his loved ones to read a section of the Gospel of Matthew from the Holy Bible and reflect on it, bringing about words and emotions that then form into prayers.
With this reflection, I only hope and pray for it to touch the depths of your heart, because it came from the depths of mine. May it help you to realize who we are... what we are... and what He did.
It is in moments like these that changes take place, that the shape of the person's faith is molded into something new... something better.
With love to each and every one of you...
I wish that this brings you to a new level, makes you grow from someone you once were, to the person that you are meant to be.
Michigan, USA – Chaldean Federation of America and Chaldean American Student Association sponsor the 25th annual 2007 Chaldean commencement celebration. Chaldean graduates are able to apply for the commencement and scholarships now.