vaticah.va - The Holy Father has appointed as eparchial bishop of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans, Canada, H.E. Msgr. Bawai Soro, transferring him from the titular see of Foraziana.

H.E. Msgr. Bawai Soro

H.E. Msgr. Bawai Soro was born on 3 March 1954 in Kirkuk, Iraq, and was baptized (with the name of Ashur Soro) in the Assyrian Church of the East. In 1973 his family left Iraq, and following a few years in Lebanon, they transferred to the United States of America in 1976. He was ordained a priest on 21 February 1982 in Chicago, United States of America, and appointed as pastor of the Saint Mary’s Parish in Toronto, Canada.

He was elected bishop of the new Assyrian eparchy of Western United States, based in San José, California, United States of America, on 21 October, and received episcopal consecration in California, with the name of Bawai Soro. From 1995 to 1999 he was bishop of Seattle, after which he returned in 1999 to the see of San José. The prelate was one of the most active promoters of dialogue between the Assyrian Church and the Catholic Church.

He studied at the Catholic University of America, Washington, obtaining a master’s degree in theology in 1992, and at the Pontifical Saint Thomas Aquinas University in Rome, where in 2002 he obtained a doctorate in sacred theology.

In June 2013, the Synod of Chaldean Bishops received him as a member and on 11 January 2014, the Holy Father Francis assigned him the titular see of Foraziana. He has served the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, United States of America, as protosyncellus until the appointment of the current bishop, H.E. Msgr. Shaleta, on 1 August 2017.


Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Joachiam and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Holy Forefathers

Through faith, O Christ, you justified the Forefathers, * betrothing through them in advance the Church of the gentiles. * The Saints exult in glory, * for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: * she who gave birth to You without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us. (Troparion, Tone 2)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but defended by the undepicted Being you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Second Sunday Before Christmas)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let not us who would be Christians expect anything else than to be crucified....for to be Christian is to be crucified in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example and warning to us all. We must be crucified personally,mystically; for trough crucifixion is the only path to resurrection, if we would rise with Christ, we must be humbled with him even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.... We must be crucified outwardly in the eyes of the world, for Christ's kingdom is not of this world and world cannot bear it, even a single representative, even for the single moment.

Fr Seraphim Rose