Narsai Memra 16 Recording

A little while ago I tweeted a recording of a short passage from Narsai (the 5th Century writer who is the subject of my next book). That tweet was originally a response to a strange footnote I saw that claimed Narsai’s poetic sermons (“memre”) do not have any poetic stress, but only counted syllables.* I […]

The Worst Our Father Ever

I saw this thing floating around years ago, and like a lot of crap, it’s floating around again, and I haven’t written anything on here in a while so I figured I’d make fun of it. Behold, The Worst Our Father Ever, allegedly “translated from the original Aramaic directly into English:” O cosmic Birther of […]

Ancient Christmas Madrasha

Response: Glory to the Child whose Father is of heaven, whose mother is of earth, and who is incomprehensible. 1. I saw a great wonder in Bethlehem ministered to before the eyes of all creatures, for the star ministered before the Divine Prince. The star runs, the star leads, the star directs, the star announces; […]

Chaldean Stations of the Cross

With my typically perfect timing, here’s a Stations of the Cross I put together many years ago, based on hymns from the Chaldean liturgy. Way of the CrossContaining Scripture Selections, Spiritual Reflectionsand Chaldean Liturgical Hymns Opening Prayer To you, O Awakener of the sleeping, O Raiser of the fallen, O Encourager of the weary, O […]

Bautha Monday

English prayer text below. Monday of Ba’utha In pain and tears and fervent prayer, we cry to you, good Lord above!   Be our healer and our wise guide: deep are our wounds; bitter our pain.   We have no right to plead to you: our faults abound, our malice soars.   The sea and […]

Ancient Christmas Hymn

To you glory, radiant Son of virginity. 1. This, the month that is forever filled with blessings:slaves have freedom, free men glory,doors have crownings, bodies feastings,violet garments thrown with love as unto princes. 2. This, the month that will forever carry vict’ry:freed is spirit, flesh is tempered,mortal woman bears the Living:Godhead now is reconciled with […]