This past Tuesday evening was the continuation of the lectures on the Chaldean Liturgy and History. The first half of the lecture was opened up by His Excellency, Mar Bawai Soro, who compared a few differences between Assyrian Church and Chaldean Church. And then, His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo started the second section of the lecture who addressed the sacrament of forgiveness of sin, its origin in our church and its order in Chaldean liturgy.
As mentioned earlier, primarily, Mar Bawai Soro begun his talk on the comparisons between the two churches by quoting St. Augustine as he states, “faith seeking understanding.” He applied this quotation to his comparison of these two Churches, which was fulfilled by one Church. He started with the Chaldean Church by explaining that they have reformed theologically and linguistically its liturgy to meet up with the requirement of peoples lives and their salvation especially the reformation of 2006 that in which His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo was the head of the Chaldean Reformation Synod. In contrast, the Assyrian Church did not reform its liturgy, and because of that, its liturgy is an accumulation of manuscripts that do not fit for our time and linguistically hard to understand. Therefore, their liturgy affects negatively on their understanding of their faith and salvation.
The second half of the lecture was started by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. First, His Excellency addressed the problem of sin and its effect on human nature. He mentioned that the most grave sin of the modern world is believing that there is no sin because the world legitimizes sins to meet up with its own desires as if he is god. Following this, he explained that our Chaldean Church, in its manuscripts and liturgy from the third century, have had private confessions with priest; a tradition kept tell this day. Human nature has a tendency to sin, therefore, we sin continuously; a reason why His Excellency elaborated the importance of confession. To approach the alter and receive the Eucharist, three elements are needed: faith, love, and being in the state of grace. For this reason, our Chaldean Church in its magnificent liturgy, seeks human salvation in every aspect and heals all wounds of the soul. It has a section titled “kulan b’thaheltha u-iqara” which provides the three elements stated above, right before the people approach the alter and receive the Eucharist.
In essence, the Chaldean Church truly seeks human salvation in its liturgy and theology, which was from the beginning with our Church Fathers and continues today. 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 www.kaldu.tv/live. All this and so much more can be found in His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo’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.