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About Assyrians and Their Church


The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East presently presided over by H.H. Mar Gewargis III, and is one of the oldest Christian churches. It traces its origins to the See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon, which tradition holds was founded by Saint Thomas the Apostle as well as Saint Mari and Saint Addai as asserted in the Doctrine of Addai. H.E. Bishop Mar Awa Royel oversees the diocese of western California of Assyrian Church of the East and Mar Yosip Knanisho parish is one of the 6 parishes of the Diocese. Currently, Rev. Lawrence Namato serves as the priest of this parish.

Assyrians were among the first nations that accepted Christianity. They spoke the language of our Lord jesus Christ, which is still used to this very day in the form of its daughter-language known as Syriac – a language utilized to this very day by one of the more glorious of the ancient eastern Churches of yester-year – the Assyrian Church of the East.

The Assyrian Church and Nation is a thriving community found in all the major cities of North America, numbering some 300,000. Assyrians have also settled in Europe and other parts of Asia. Thus, the great majority of the Assyrians are to be found in the diaspora rather than in their ancestral homeland of Mesopotamia—modern-day Iraq. Centuries of persecution and forced migration have decimated the once-numerous populace, however the community continues to preserve its ancient history and heritage.

Resources:
-parts of the "About Assyrians and Their Church", are excerpts from articles written by H.G. Mar Awa.
-parts of the "Offer to Civilization", are taken from online Encyclopedias...



H.H. Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East
H.H. Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East