Funeral of the late Rev’d Archdeacon Oraham Askaro

The burial service for the Late Rev’d Archdeacon Oraham Askaro will take place on Wednesday, the 3rd July 2013 at St Hurmizd Cathedral.

The service will be conducted by H.B Mar Meelis Zaia AM, Metropolitan along with all priests and deacons of the archdiocese in Sydney.

Record crowds pack YGT 2013!

By: Emmanuel Brikha

The annual Youths Got Talent show has officially kicked off for 2013 on Sunday, in front of a sell-out crowd of hundreds of people at the Nineveh Lounge in Edensor Park, Sydney.

The highly acclaimed show that is hosted by the Assyrian church of the East Youth Association Sydney (ACEYAS) featured four new judges this year. Assyrian music stars, Charles Tooma, Randa Yacoub, Ramos D Artist and Ben Isaac.

Tickets went on sale weeks prior to the event online, but the demand was high and tickets at the door also sold out. It wasn’t long before the theatre hall reached full capacity.

More than a dozen youth contestants with talents ranging from singing, to rapping, performing with instruments and dancing wowed the audience with the help of the dazzling atmosphere of light and sound.

Humorous host and YGT director George Rasho along with his stunning co-host Reema Khammo introduced the first act to wild cheers from the crowd, signalling the launch to ‘Youths Got Talent’ 2013.

Heather Tamson opened the stage with her performance of Kelly Clarkson’s hit ‘Because of you’.

The youngest of contestants, two-year-old Abella Rose brought cuteness to the competition when she took to the stage in her dancing costume to the backdrop of pink lights.

Throughout the night the audience witnessed an array of talent including Christian rap acts by Luke Jacobs ‘Big Slang’, and Mark Isho ‘Mark the truth’. Off course a talent show would not be complete without a Michael Jackson performance, which was fabulously given by Ashour Keryakos.

But it was three acts that had all four judges out of their seats giving standing ovations. The first was young contestant George Georges who performed the Linda George unity hit ‘Omtho Hich lo Maitho’, the second was Mark Isho who despite experiencing technical difficulties with his soundtrack continued to rap without audio backing.

But who could forget the last act of the night, 11 year old Ashour Sargis who not only captivated and engaged the audience but had all four judges up on their feet and dancing to his version of ‘Nala’ by Albert Mansour.

Assyrian recording artist and judge Charles Tooma was taken by surprise at the attendance of so many youth.

‘I have never seen so many Assyrian youth (teenagers) in any function organised by any organisation apart from Assyrian New Year festivities’, he said.

He also mentioned Sunday night’s show experience as a judge.

‘During the last 32 years of my singing career I’ve been fortunate to be part of and witnessed many celebrations and have drawn great memories from, but last night’s experience was one I will remember for many years to come’.

Youth Association coordinator, Adwena David, expressed her appreciation to volunteers after months of planning for the event.

‘A lot of hard work has gone into the planning and we couldn’t be happier with the result. The success of the night, as with the success of every event, comes down to the generous volunteers we have. We thank everyone who has had a part, big or small, in helping us bring this show to life’ she said.

YGT Director– George Rasho

YGT Director George Rasho believes last night’s show was one of the biggest yet and reiterated the need for community support.

‘Last night’s show was undoubtedly one of the biggest that our community has seen in terms of artistic expression’.

‘This show is not just about getting on stage to perform, it’s about showcasing our God given talents and coming together as a community and helping our youth reach their goals’.

He also thanked the Youth Association Core Committee who have worked towards making the show the great success it’s been and the judges for their honest, critical yet encouraging feedback.

‘This year’s audience was also a star in itself. Thank you to all of those that came and supported the young stars and the Youth Association and the judges this year gave a professional and honest opinion to all of our contestants and truly encouraged them through their own wisdom’

How to vote

To keep your favourite act in the 2013 YGT competition you can simply do that by voting via sms or online.

For sms, just message the full name of the contestant to 04888 ‘YOUTH’, or simply like their video via the Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association of Sydney Facebook page.

1. Heather Tamson

2. Anothony Makko & Dinatra Misho

3. Abella Rose Gorail

4. Luke Jacob

5. George Georges

6. Rene Adam

7. Shayla Wales and Diana Yousif

8. Dn Ninos Babisha

9. Ashour Keryakos

10. Cadena Slmonyans

11. Matin Isho

12. Christian Khanou

13. Ashur Varde

14. Emily Lazar

15. Dina Adam

16. Ashour Sargis

Purchase tickets online via the youth group page to secure your seat at the epic finale show on Sunday 23rd June 2013 from Ticketbud.

‘From the mouth of Children and Infants you have fashioned praise’ Matthew 21:16

‘From the mouth of Children and Infants you have fashioned praise’
Matthew 21:16

BY:DAVID and DENA 6S

Palm Sunday
On Monday 25th of March our school celebrated Palm Sunday. We celebrated Palm Sunday by going to mass. After church we were given palm branches and the whole school walked around the church and the choir sang ‘All the Church chant Hosanna’. Then 4I re-enacted how Jesus entered Jerusalem by riding on a donkey. When Jesus entered Jerusalem the people laid their cloaks and palm branches on the ground and were singing, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

The last supper
During the re-enactment of the Last Supper
Jesus did two things:
• Jesus took the BREAD and broke it, giving it to his disciples. He said: “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
• Then Jesus took the CUP, gave it to his disciples saying: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Then he washed his disciples’ feet to teach them that the greatest among them should become their servant.

Easter
Easter is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave His life to die for our sins. On the third day after He died — the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday. His friends went to His grave, and found that He had risen from the dead. They saw an angel who told them, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen.”

Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins. This is the true story of Easter, and how it can change your life.

Feast of the ascension:
On the 9th May our school celebrated the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Girls in kindergarten wore white dresses and went to church to receive the Holy Eucharist. Then we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension by going to our school hall to learn the significance of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus. We learnt that the Feast of the Ascension/Eeda d solaqa occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday. Before Jesus went up to heaven He gave His disciples some very special instructions. He told them they are to teach everyone about the Gospel. After Jesus said this he went into the clouds and the disciples couldn’t see him anymore. Even though Jesus has ascended into heaven He will never leave us and has promised us He will come back again.

Feast of Pentecost
Ten days after Jesus had gone back to His Father in heaven, the disciples had all gathered in one place. They were scared because Jesus had left them.
All of a sudden they heard what it sounded like very strong wind. They saw like flames of fire in shape of tongues that rested on them.
As this happened the disciples became very strong and confident. They knew that Jesus had sent the helper that He promised them. The helper is the Holy Spirit which would help them to teach about Jesus.
Then the disciples started to speak in many different languages including Assyrian. They went out to teach everyone about Jesus.
On this wonderful day we celebrate the birth of the Church.

 

Rejoice Festival 2013

Through the study of the Living Word of God as well as social and cultural activities, young Assyrians continue to grow together spiritually and socially, developing and establishing wonderful and long-lasting relationships, built upon the love of God. We draw upon the teachings of John 2:14b, “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”

Last year we decided to hold the ‘Rejoice’ festival for families to enjoy an Easter event. As a result of the success of the event it has now become an annual event. This year the festival was held on Sunday 7 April 2013 from 12pm-9pm. We have drawn on biblical readings in naming the event ‘Rejoice’; 2 Corinthians 5:15 states ‘And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again’. We understand from this biblical message that through Christ’s death and resurrection our lives are transformed and we are called to live and rejoice in Him. Through Christ’s death and resurrection all of humanity is renewed and saved. In organizing the mentioned event, we wish not to only add to the activities that are already held during the Easter season but to stage an activity which has at its roots a desire to spread the Word of God and the true meaning of Easter.

The day included good food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. We also had guest stars of favorite Disney characters, amusement rides for everyone and Easter show bags to give the true meaning of the Holy Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

God willing, each and every year Rejoice will continue to be successful and enjoyable for all ages with the ongoing celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our aim is to spend this day and every other day as brothers and sisters in Christ by sharing our love with one another and remembering Gods ultimate sacrifice for us. Let us not only rejoice for our Lord on Easter, rather let us give thanks and praise to God daily for His unconditional love and blessings.

ACEYA Sydney Core Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generous donations and ongoing support. We were blessed to have numerous volunteers throughout the day that helped the festival run smoothly. We pray that everyone passed a blessed day celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God willing we see you all once again next year.

Meet and Greet with the Chaldean Catholic Church Patriarch, Mar Louis Raphael I Sako

On Tuesday, 7th May 2013 the Assyrian Church in Sydney has invited H.H Mar Louis Raphael I Sako along with the other guest prelates from Iraq to St Hurmizd Cathedral at 6 to 7 pm for a meet and greet session, and an official welcoming by the Assyrian Church congregation.

The Chaldean Church prelates will be welcomed by H.B Mar Meelis Zaia AM and reverend priests and deacons at St Hurmizd Cathedral for a joint prayer. Afterwards, the congregation will make their way into Edessa Reception Hall where the prelates along with the faithfuls will share in a tea and cake time for an hour.

We pray to see you all there.

A New Design

We are pleased to announce the new design for the Archdiocese website. Feel free to browse through the website. We will continue to update the website with new contents that are more related to you.

If you encounter any issues, please email us on [email protected]

 

2013 Easter Epistle

Rejoice Festival 2013

Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association – Sydney. The Youth Association endeavors to cater for the Assyrian youth living in New South Wales.

Through the study of the Living Word of God as well as social and cultural activities, young Assyrians continue to grow together spiritually and socially, developing and establishing wonderful and long-lasting relationships, built upon the love of God. We draw upon the teachings of John 2:14b, “I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”
Last year we decided to hold the ‘Rejoice’ festival for families to enjoy an Easter event. As a result of the success of the event it has now become an annual event. This year the festival will be held on Sunday 7 April 2013 from 12pm-9pm. The event will be held on the grounds behind Nineveh Lounge (673 Smithfield Road).
We warmly welcome  everyone to participate in the festival by becoming a stall holder. In order to ensure the success of the event we are inviting a variety of businesses to participate. Last year more than 7,000 individuals attended over the course of the day.

SPPP Easter Services 2013

Easter flyer

Easter Services 2013

Assyrian Church of the East Metropolitan See of Sydney
Holy Week Ministries

St Hurmizd’s Cathedral (7-9 Greenfield Road Greenfield Park NSW 2176)

1. Thursday (Passover). 4pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation) by HB Mar Meelis Zaia AM Metropolitan.

2. Friday (Friday of Sorrow). 1pm (Prayers) by HB Mar Meelis Zaia AM Metropolitan.

3. Saturday (Feast of the Holy Resurrection). 6pm (Prayers) and 9pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation) by HB Mar Meelis Zaia AM Metropolitan.

4. Sunday (Feast of the Holy Resurrection). 8am (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

5. Monday (Monday of the Thief). 8am (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

St Mary’s Church (94-96 Polding Street Smithfield NSW 2164)

1. Thursday (Passover). 4pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

2. Friday (Friday of Sorrow). 4pm (Prayers).

3. Saturday (Feast of the Holy Resurrection). 5pm (Prayers) and 9pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

4. Sunday (Feast of the Holy Resurrection). 8am (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

5. Monday (Monday of the Thief). 8am (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

St George’s Parish (310 Bunnerong Road Matraville NSW 2036)

1. Thursday (Passover). 4:30pm (Prayers), 5:30 (Offering of the Holy Oblation) and 7:30pm (Prayer Vigil).

2. Friday (Friday of Sorrow). 6:30pm (Prayers) and 7:30pm (Film: Passion of the Christ).

3. Saturday (Feast of the Holy Resurrection). 6pm (Prayers) and 9pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

4. Monday (Monday of the Thief). 9am (Offering of the Holy Oblation).

Sts Peter and Paul Parish (English)

1. Thursday (Passover). 7:30pm (Prayers) (Assyrian Australian Social Centre, 673-683 Smithfield Road Edensor Park NSW 2176)

2. Friday (Friday of Sorrow). 5pm (Prayers) followed by a screening of the Passion of the Christ for those over the age of 15 (St Mary’s Church, 94-96 Polding Street Smithfield NSW 2164).

3. Saturday (Feast of the Holy Resurrection). 7:30pm (Prayers) and 9pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation) (Assyrian Australian Social Centre, 673-683 Smithfield Road Edensor Park NSW 2176).

4. Monday (Monday of the Thief). 6pm (Offering of the Holy Oblation) (St Mary’s Church, 94-96 Polding Street Smithfield NSW 2164).

Sts Peter and Paul Parish (Arabic)

1. Friday (Friday of Sorrow). 6:30pm (Prayers) (St Mary’s Church, 94-96 Polding Street Smithfield NSW 2164).