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A reflection on the season of Sowma

Written by Josephine Minas   


"Perhaps it is one of the signs of the times
that we live in, a time filled with all sorts of demands on personal time and activities, or perhaps it is just the human condition, but for whatever reason we often seem to be unprepared when The Sowma Season approaches us. So we tend to brush it of and go on with our daily routine.
The season of Sowma which use to be one of the most important seasons in the lives of our ancestors has practically become distinct in the lives of so many today and a burden to others. This is the exact reason why the effect of the resurrection (Easter), which is the epic of our faith has depleted in our lives.
There is no sign of it as we go about our daily lives. So without preparation which includes reflection on our personal faith, cleansing, repentance and spiritual strengthening Easter becomes just another commercialized festival focused on chocolate Easter bunnies, colorful eggs, elaborate dinner invitations and just another day of fun.
We need a more fitting way to herald Christianity's primary feast - the Great Feast of Easter.
It is time to reclaim the season of Sowma. This year I urge you to decide to observe Sowma and not let it pass us by in a blur!
The season of Sowma is a very personal journey along a path of spiritual growth.
When we commit ourself to fasting, praying, reading of the word and actively participating in church services showing our desire to take on the life of Christ for the sake of the Gospel and in imitation of Christ's time of prayer in the desert.
Sowma should be a time of conversion, a chance to examine our lives through prayer, fasting, and charity, and to conform ourselves to the life of Christ.
The season is full of rich traditions and prayers which you can pull together into your own unique Lenten Devotions.
Cor_Bishop Father George Bet-Rasho

 

ASSYRIAN FESTIVAL 2015 Sat June 6 & Sun June 7

Written by Josephine Minas   

https://www.facebook.com/Adbook2015

It's that time of year again! Time for me to ask for your continued support for your church and your community.
St. Mary's 2015 Food Festival is only months away and I'm here again seeking your continued patronage for our ad book.

St. Mary's Parish invites you to participate in our exciting Ad Book. We're asking you to support the Assyrian Festival by purchasing a Personal or Business Ad in our Sponsor Book.

We are excited to offer you our Sponsor Book, which will be distributed during the Festival to more than a thousand people.

Personal Ads: Write a Personal Message to your child, parents, relatives, Business Professional... 

If you have a favorite picture of your family, parents, relatives or Church (we have pictures of Assyrian Churches in Iran & Iraq), a personal page would be perfect way to share the picture as well as the memory. The Personal Ad page is $100.

Business Ads: Take advantage of an excellent opportunity to promote your business or profession to the community. In addition your ad will also be placed on the Church website for 6 months FREE and may be viewed from any computer with an Internet connection.

Business Ads fees:
1/4 page $75
1/2 page $150
Full page $250 Black & White 
Full page $450 Color
Back Page SOLD
Inside covers $750
Please order your ad today! The sooner you purchase it the sooner it will be viewable on our site. The final day to place an ad is May 1, 2015.

Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Written by Josephine Minas   

ACERO helping our people in the village of Kosinjaq  with the aid that was sent from St Mary's Parish :)          http://www.ankawa.com/index.php/ankawaforum/index.php?topic=749762.msg7298897#msg7298897

 

 

The Fast of St. Mary

Written by Josephine Minas   

My dear St. Mary's Assyrian Church Parishioners,
Prayers and Blessings receive.
Friday August 1st is the beginning of the fourteen day fast (Known as the fast of St. Mary). We observe this fast annually ending it on the fifteenth of August, which is the day we commemorate the passing of the beloved Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Mary is the The Patron St. of our parish, our beloved Mart Maryam, and I know she holds a special place in every parishioner's heart and I believe we as a parish are always are in her prayers.
This year I am not only asking, but begging each and every one of you, to join us in this fast (Sawma), dedicating it to our persecuted brothers and sisters in the homeland. Let us all fast and pray for peace for everyone in the world and especially in the Middle-East.
Thank you and God help us all.
His servant,
Fr. George Bet-Rasho
Cor-Bishop, L.A. California.

 

Fasting & Praying for Peace – Iraq & World

Written by Josephine Minas   

The fast of the Virgin Saint Mary, which is 15 days long, begins on the first day of August. It ends on the fifteenth day of the month, when we join the Holy Mass followed by Doukhrana.
Response to the request from Father George to pray & fast for peace, all parishioners will fast & pray August 1-15
May the blessings of these days be with us all. Amen.
Wednesday August 6th - Eada d Gelyana d Maran Holy Mass at 10:00am
Thursday August 7th -  Assyrian Martyr Day
Holy Mass at 5:00pm @ St Mary's Parish  Followed by a special ceremony at AAASC, North Hollywood
Friday August 15th - Holy Eucharist @6:30 Followed by Doukhrana d' MART MARYAM
 
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