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     April 19, 2007    

 

ܕܘܟܼܪܢܐ ܕܪܒܢ ܗܘܪܡܙܕ

MEMORIAL OF RABBAN HORMIZD

Second Sunday after Easter

According to Chaldean Calendar

ܩܫܐ ܢܘܐܝܠ ܓܘܪܓܝܣ ܕܝܪܝܐ

Fr. Noel Gorgis

ܪܒܢܘܬܐ ܕܪܒܢ ܗܘܪܡܙܕ

ORDER OF RABBAN HORMZD FOR CHALDEAN CHURCH

As we are celebrating the feast of Rabban (Monk) Hormizd, we are reminded of a great saint who spent his life meditating and praying in a monastery in the mountain so as to be close t God. We are also reminded of the importance of the monastic life in our church of the East.

ܪܒܢܘܬܐ ܒܥܕܬܐ ܕܡܕܢܚܐ

The Monastery in the Church of the East

The monastic life has spread extensively in the Church of the East since the 4th century, and this means  its establishment has existed for several centuries it was founded by followers who were known as the “Children of the Covenant ܒܢܝ ܩܝܡܐ”  and “The Virgin ܒܬܘܠܐ “. During the 40th year of persecution by the Persian King Shapour II (318-339), all monasteries were destroyed while the divisions in the church further corrupted the monastic life. It was not until the century when Mar Auraha the Kashkaraya  (503-588) authored and renewed the canon laws for the monks to adhere and obey, and these laws have since catapulted our church to its highest level of spiritual perfection in the 6th and 7th centuries. Consequently Mar Auraha was considered the Great for his leadership as well as for his life of holiness.

 

 

ܪܒܢ ܗܘܪܡܙܕ

Rabban Hormizd

Hormizd was born in Bet Lapat in the Ahwas (Iran) province in the 6th century. When he reached the age of twenty, he decided to answer the Lord’s call to become a monk; so, he took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On his way there, he met three monks from Bar Aeta ܒܪܝ ܥܕܬܐmonastery who asked him to join them. After six years of a holy life as novice and monk, his abbot asked him to study in solitude as a hermit so that he could grow more in virtues. For thirty-nine years he was living in a cave close to Bar Aeta monastery, and then he took a journey and settled in Deara Bet Abee ܕܝܪܐ ܕܒܝܬ ܥܒܐand Dear D’reasha  ܕܝܪܐ ܕܪܫܐwith a group of monks. However, because the fountains of water at the monastery ran dry, they, they decided to separate into groups of two to find a better place to meditate and be close to God. Our Saint then joined Rabban Auraha, whose monastery is in the north of Nineveh, and decided to stay in the mountains of Bet Aedry (Alqoush-north of Nineveh). He spent twenty-two years at this monastery and died at the age of 87 and left behind many devoted monks.

 

 

ܬܕܡܘܪܬܐ

Miracles

 

Rabban Hormizd’s fame spread throughout the surrounding regions of Alqoush, where believers came to him to ask for his blessing and brought to him those who were sick and possessed by demons, all of whom he cured and their health restored. It also happened that the son of Mayor of Nineveh was sick and the doctors could not cure him; so, they told the mayor to carry him to Rabban Horizd so he could be cured. The mayor did as he was told, but when they were approaching Alqoush, his son died. The people of Alqoush then implored the mayor to take him immediately to Saint Raban Hormizd as they were sure he would bring the mayor’s son back his life as he had done for many people before. So, he did, and the spread the words that Hormizd restored the lives of many, and they glorified God, whose love prevailed for all, including Nineveh’s Mayor and his son who were Muslim.

 

 

ܪܒܢܘܬܐ ܒܬܪ ܡܘܬܐ ܕܪܒܢ ܗܘܪܡܙܕ

The Monastry After Rabban Hormizd’s Death

 

As the order of Rabban Hormizd was growing in numbers after his death, it was also growing in virtues, holiness, and learning. Consequently, the monastery played such a major role in the life of the Church of the East that it was one of its leading members, Mar Youhana Sulaqa, who united the church of the East with the Roman Catholic Church upon his being elected patriarch and his visit to Rome in 1552. Mar Youhana Sulaqa subsequently served the church all his life until his assassination in Aemadia in northern Iraq in the year 1555. Since then, many of the succeeding leaders in the patriarch position were from the Rabban Hormizd Order, and our church has also been in close communion with the Catholic Church.

 

ܪܒܢܘܬܐ ܒܙܒܢܐ ܕܩܐܡ

The Rabban Hormizd Order Today



In the early 19th century, the monastic life was renewed by Abba (Fr) Gawriel Danbo of Mardeen (1832), Turkey, who further spread the order all through the Alqoush region. Today six monasteries belong to the Order of Rabban Hormizd, including the Rabban Hormizd Monastery; the Monastery of Our Lady of Guarian of Plants, in Alqoush; the Monastery of Our Lady of Guarian of Plants, in Alqoush; St. George, in Nineveh; Mar Antony of the Desert, in Baghdad; St. Joseph, in Rome; and St. George, in Perris, California.

 

 

 

 

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