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Understanding Our Roots

On Tuesday evening, St. Peter Cathedral hosted the opening lectures on Chaldean History and Liturgy led by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. Beginning the first of seven lectures that will be given in the upcoming weeks, Mar Sarhad discussed the historical establishment of the Church of the East by drawing a map and elaborating on its geographical landmark being east of the Euphrates River which was a dividing point between the two major empires of the time, the Roman and the Persian empires. The Church east of the Euphrates, then, was properly called the Church of the East. All of this developed around the year AD 70 by Mar Mari the Apostle.

His Excellency further discussed the continuation of the Church after it had almost become completely destroyed from invasion attacks between the 13th and the beginning of the 15th centuries, preserving only a few of its original establishments, one being Mesopotamia. Mar Sarhad later detailed the reason for adopting the Chaldean Church name to signify its identity and historical background as well as the originality of the Aramaic dialect of the Chaldean language.

This name, said Mar Sarhad, is the most fitting name for the Church of Mesopotamia because of its cultural center in Babylon and its historical ties to the great Patriarch, Abraham from Ur of the Chaldeans.

All this and so much more can be found in His Excellency’s detailed book, The Chaldean Liturgy At the Gate of God, which is needed in order to truly understand the upcoming lectures. A link has been provided to purchase the book through Amazon.

140929_gateofGodThe second part of the lecture was given by Fr. Andrew Younan as he went into detail on the seasons of the liturgical calendar. He expressed the connection between the Jubilee season of the Old Testament and its fulfillment in Christ and how the liturgical calendar beautifully depicts this connection annually.

The talks will be held on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7:45pm located at the St. Peter Cathedral’s Educational Center. If unable to attend, live streaming will be available on