Let us imagine a conversation was being made between a soon to be bride and groom and one of them, we will say the groom for the story’s sake, told his bride that he wants them to be blessed with as many children as God will bless them with. After the wedding, however, the husband tells his wife that he wants nothing to do with children and despises even the thought of them. What must the wife do in this situation? Does she try to explain what her husband is doing is absolutely wrong? If that doesn’t work does she gather other loved ones so that others might also explain his errors? And if that doesn’t seem to work does she go to a higher authority to settle the issue? Yes, yes, and yes. The wife must through all possible vessels help her husband understand the immorality of this lie and the downside effects that come with proceeding forward with it.
Moving on, let us put this imagery into play with a situation that has similar issues pertaining to it, issues that have to do with His Beatitude Patriarch Sako and his foul play in the Chaldean Liturgy. Sitting in attendance this past Wednesday listening to his third talk on the History of the Chaldean Liturgy, His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo discussed the events that took place in 2014 between Patriarch Sako and Rome in regards to the Patriarch’s new reformed Liturgy. As Mar Sarhad led his talk, he began expressing his respect for Patriarch Sako, but also expressed the multiple wrong-doings in the Patriarch’s Liturgy. As mentioned, it began with the reformed liturgy Patriarch Sako sent to Rome, which was also sent to all bishops in the Chaldean Rite, including Mar Sarhad. The copy of the reformed Liturgy that was sent to the Vatican is different than what has been published as the reformed Liturgy used by all the churches under the district of the Patriarch. As stated above, all Chaldean bishops received a copy of what was sent to Rome as the reformed Liturgy from the Patriarch. A copy of the newly published Liturgy done by Patriarch Sako was used by His Excellency Mar Sarhad Jammo to compare the drastic differences between what was sent to the Vatican and what is actually being used today.
While elaborating on reasons why the Liturgy and its organic order are so important, His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo emphasized once more the necessity of having the icon of the Body of Jesus Christ on the Cross and why it’s so valuable for all to be a witness and an example to His crucifixion.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and His words are just as important while on the Cross.
His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo will continue his talks for the next few weeks on Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at St. Peter Cathedral, and if unable to attend, live streaming will be available on kaldu.tv.