For sites about the current community of The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, its branches, and its history. Important elements of the community's identity include:
- The 1st century spread of Christianity eastwards among Syriac/Aramaic speaking peoples (Syriac is still retained as the language of the liturgy);
- The political and theological ferment of the early 5th century, with particular debate on the nature of Christ (hence the disputed use of the term, "Nestorian Church", by many western church authorities, historians and scholars);
- Missionary effort and consolidation through the Persian Empire and beyond, with communities established in Arabia, India, Tibet, Central Asia, China and Japan, until the rise of the Mongol-Turks, and their conversion to Islam;
- Survival of remnants in their heartland of modern Iran and Iraq, and also in India (known as the Chaldean Syrian Church);
- Communities in Iraq and Iran survived the chaotic collapse of the Ottoman Empire, but a refugee diaspora led to significant communities being established in North America and Australia;
- Since the 1990s the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East has been in dialogue with the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, with a view to re-establishing communion.
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Assyrian Church of the East
A history, and a description of the modern church; from Wikipedia.
The Church of the East
Article on the history of the Church of the East (commonly known as the Nestorian church), its missionary activities, expansion and decline.
Church Of the East - India
Also known as the Chaldean Syrian Church. Church history, statistics, and a church directory.
East Asian History Sourcebook: Ch'ing-Tsing: Nestorian Tablet
A description and translation of a tablet "Eulogizing the Propagation of the Illustrious Religion in China." Composed by a priest of the Syriac Church in 781 AD.
Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East Diocese of Australia, New Zealand, and Lebanon
Official site. Includes church ministries, projects, and news.
The Martyr Mar Binyamin Shamaon
An account of the Patriarchate of the Church, with particular focus on the life and assassination of Patriarch Mar Binyamin in 1918, and the effects on the Assyrian community of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Selections from the Assyrian Liturgy
The main parts of the liturgy translated from classical Aramaic.
Syriac Christianity in Central Asia
A paper on the history and development of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East in Central Asia; also includes other historical resources and links.
The Question of Communion
A short paper by Bishop Bawai Soro, of the Assyrian Church of the East, exploring the development of discussions on communion with the Roman Catholic Church. (November 02, 2005)
Common Christological Declaration Between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East
Discusses the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, and establishes a committee to develop dialogue to overcome obstacles to full communion. (November 19, 1994)
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