New Language Books

One of the many reasons I haven’t updated this thing in so long is because I’m working on several new projects at the same time. One of them is the new “Learn Chaldean” book series I’m writing for grades 1-8, or for whoever wants to learn the Chaldean dialect of Neo-Aramaic. Anyway, here’s the link […]

Madrasha for the Feast of the Ascension

Response: Thanksgiving to the Conqueror who conquered and made all conquer, and ascended in glory to heaven. – One High Priest was taken from among mortals to the high place of peace, and he entered to serve in the divine dwelling on behalf of his flock. He was made worthy to enter the holy of […]

Ancient Easter Homily

This is a selection and translation from the “Teaching of the Resurrection,” or Easter Homily, by Mar Jacob of Sarug: A blessed joyfulness moves me today, in which I repeat the words of the prophet: “this is the day the Lord has made! Come, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” This is the […]

Saturday of Light – Petitions

This day, liturgically, is one more for silence than for words, but it does seem fitting to pray these petitions. This is a video of the first two verses, sung by my bishop, Mar Emanuel Shaleta, and myself: Let us all stand composed, in contrition and diligence, let us implore and say: Lord, have mercy […]

Passion Friday Meditations

The three Madrashe for Passion Friday are independent pieces of hymnody, but follow a general thread. The first picks up on Christ’s command to Peter, James, and John to stay awake with him in the garden. Recounting the dramatic events of Christ’s passion, each verse ends with the question, “who can go to sleep?” The […]

Passover Thursday Meditation

The aspect of the Passover Lamb image discussed in this Madrasha is the contrast between rational and irrational. The sacrifice of animals was irrational in two ways: the animal itself was unable to speak, but the sacrifice was irrational in that it could not accomplish the forgiveness or salvation it attempted. This failure of the […]