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March 13, 2008

Behold, You Are Invited


Readers of Vultus Christi who are not familiar with the Chaldean Catholic Church may want to look at the website of Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Diocese for Chaldeans and Assyrians in the United States of America. You will find there, among other things, the magnificent texts, in English translation, of the Chaldean Mass, more properly called "The Rite of the Divine Mysteries of the Church of the East of the Chaldeans and Assyrians."

Chaldean Vespers Hymn for the Sixth Sunday of Lent

“Who is the doctor who can cleanse my hidden wounds?
O, will he be able to heal and to cure [them]?
O who will be able to deliver me from the fire?” [thus] cried the adulteress.
“I will unravel the tangles of sin, and draw near to the Lord and Savior.”
For indeed, he did not cast the tax-collector away from him,
and with his speech, he converted the Samaritan woman.
With his word, he gave life to the Canaanite woman,
and to the hemorrhaging woman he gave healing with the hem of his cloak. With his merciful word, he freed the adulteress from her sins, and invited her to the book of life with the saintly women. Along with them, my soul says at all times: blessed is the Messiah our Savior!

Our Lord has given the medicine of repentance
to the skilled physicians who are the priests of the Church.
So let anyone whom satan has struck with the diseases of wickedness
come and show his wounds to the disciples of the Wise Physician,
and they will heal him with spiritual medicine.

Chaldean Liturgy

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