Tag: Jesus

Jesus Christ, the Eye of Prophecy

Jesus reading Isaiah (Lk 4:16-30) - "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me ..."

This talk was given at the 13th Colloquium of Syriac Patrimony under the title The Syriac Exegetes at the Maronite Patriarchal Seminary, Ghazir, Lebanon, in February 2015. It was published in English and Arabic by Centre d’Études et de Recherches Orientales (CERO) in its Patrimoine… Continue Reading “Jesus Christ, the Eye of Prophecy”

Death of “Sin and Death” on the Cross – An Excerpt from “On the Crucifixion” by Jacob of Sarug (ca. AD 451-521)


Our Lord was crucified, bore the debts of the entire world, and fastened sin [on the cross] with nails that it might never reign again. ܙܩܺܝܦ ܗ̱ܘܳܐ ܡܳܪܰܢ ܘܰܛܥܺܝܢ ܚܰܘ̈ܒܶܐ ܕܟܽܠܳܗ ܬܺܒܶܝܠ܃ ܘܰܩܒܺܝܥܳܐ ܠܶܗ ܚܛܺܝܬܳܐ ܒܨܶܨ̈ܶܐ ܕܬܘܽܒ ܠܳܐ ܬܰܡܠܶܟ܀ While crucifying Him on Golgotha,… Continue Reading “Death of “Sin and Death” on the Cross – An Excerpt from “On the Crucifixion” by Jacob of Sarug (ca. AD 451-521)”

Balai of Qenneshrin on the Faithful Departed


May the faithful departed who put You on through baptism put on, in Eden, the robe of glory. ܥܰܢܺܝ̈ܕܶܐ ܡܗܰܝ̈ܡܢܶܐ ܆ ܕܠܰܒܫܘܽܟ ܒܰܥܡܳܕܳܐ ܆ ܢܶܬܥܰܛܦܘܽܢ ܒܰܥܕܶܝܢ ܆ ܐܶܣܛܰܠ ܬܶܫܒܘܽܚܬܳܐ ܀ The mouths that professed You, ate You and drank Your blood, shout with the… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on the Faithful Departed”

Balai of Qenneshrin on a Laborer in the Vineyard of the Lord


Blessed are you, our father, when the King reveals himself and rewards justly every person according to their deeds. ܛܘܽܒܰܝܟ ܐܳܘ ܐܰܒܘܽܢ ܆ ܡܳܐ ܕܡܶܬܓܠܶܐ ܡܰܠܟܳܐ ܆ ܘܦܳܪܰܥ ܒܟܺܐܢܘܽܬܳܐ ܆ ܠܟܽܠܢܳܫ ܐܰܝܟ ܥܰܡܠܶܗ ܀ Since you labored in His vineyard from morning till evening,… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on a Laborer in the Vineyard of the Lord”

Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Martyrs


To the contest went the holy martyrs and against false worship battled the glorious laborers. ܠܰܐܓܘܽܢܳܐ ܢܚܶܬܘ ܗ̱ܘܰܘ ܆ ܣܳܗ̈ܕܶܐ ܩܰܕܺܝ̈ܫܶܐ ܆ ܘܥܰܡ ܛܘܽܥܝܰܝ ܐܰܩܪܶܒܘ ܆ ܦܳܠܚ̈ܶܐ ܢܰܨܺܝ̈ܚܶܐ ܀ We beseech the martyrs and entreat them earnestly to implore with us the Lord, who… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Martyrs”

Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Apostles


The disciples of the Son, the holy apostles, armed themselves and went out to the four corners of world. ܬܰܠܡܺܝ̈ܕܰܘܗ̱ܝ ܕܰܒܪܳܐ ܆ ܫܠܺܝ̈ܚܶܐ ܩܰܕܺܝ̈ܫܶܐ ܆ ܐܶܙܕܰܝܰܢܘ ܘܰܢܦܰܩܘ ܆ ܠܰܐܪܒܰܥ ܦܶܢ̈ܝܳܬܳܐ ܀ The holy apostles laid hold of the cross, an unequally matched weapon, and… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Apostles”