O children of an honorable
people, let us see what happened in the story of a family from
among our relatives, and from a monastery from among the
monasteries of our Chaldean Church.
This family was of the head of a village named Sahdona, and his
village sat upon the river Khabur. The story of Sahdona, a
Chaldean Christian prince, happened 600 years ago, between the
years 1400 and 1405 AD, when the soldiers of Tamerlane the
Tartar were attacking Mesopotamia and its surroundings.
They were making war with the Mongols, Turkumans and Persians on
one side, and with the Ottoman Turks on the other side. The
father of this family, Sahdona, because he was a Chaldean leader
who would not accept slavery for himself or his family, was
killed in a calumny by a group of Tartars, and the mother,
Nahreyn, remained alone the lady of the house with her seven
children: four sons, Shammyna, Saggyna, Kanona and Kaldu, and
three daughters, Shereene, Shoshane and Shammamta.
The monastery which is remembered in this our story is the
monastery of Mar Abraham, near the village of Pheshkhabur, and
its anba was Sabrisho’. It had a school filled with students
whose teacher was this monk Sabrisho’.
O poor Church of the East, whose center, the Patriarchate of
Babylon received so much at the hands of the Mongols, and after
them these Tartars of Tamerlane! How from such breadth and
extension of her ecclesial body, which extended from Mesopotamia
to the Sea of China, this same spiritual body was cut apart and
minimized, and was constricted to the boundaries of Mesopotamia.
What shall I say? Perhaps this story is the story
of our people, and the story of our nation, and our church,
until today, but with different names and people.
And this is their story for you, as it