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Showing posts from August, 2015

experiencing the Assyrian roots

Rediscovering the heritage
Today, a day before our daughter is officially due, Catherine and I got a chance to immerse ourselves into an important, ancient and still-living aspect of my heritage -- the Assyrian Community, at the Assyrian Food Festival hosted at Mar Yosip Church (Assyrian Church of the East) in San Jose.
We had great Assyrian and Persian food -- including Ashreshteh and saffron-rice pudding.

An unexpected gift
Delightfully, we got a copy of Californian Assyrian Bishop Mor Awa Royel's book "Mysteries of the Kingdom" (about the Assyrian Sacraments), addressed to us with his blessings and prayers and signed by His Grace himself!!

The history & the present
The Syrian Malabar Nasranis (i.e St. Thomas Syrian Christians of Kerala, India) and the Assyrian Church of the East (Persia/Iraq) are inextricably linked -- historically and ecclesiastically. For the first 1500 years or so of its existence, the Indian Church recieved liturgical practices and pastoral care…