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The Treasured Aramaic Words of Jesus: A Zoom Lenten Retreat

A Lenten Contemplation on the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, the native language of Jesus

Saturday, February 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

With Aramaic scholar and author, Neil Douglas Klotz, Edinburgh, Scotland, Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP, Director of the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, Oak Park, IL, and sponsored by Rev. George Smith, Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL.

“O Birther, Father-Mother of the Cosmos, you create all that moves in light.” (One possible translation from Aramaic Peshitta Bible of the first words of the Lord’s Prayer.)

In considering the Aramaic words of Jesus, taken from the Bible used by all present-day Aramaic Christians, we can enter his familiar and treasured words in a deeper way and experience them more directly. The sacred sound of his Aramaic words put to simple chants and accompanied by English translations become a spiritual practice that reveals authentic meanings missed by more familiar translations. Christians who follow Jesus and those of other faith traditions and spiritual paths who respect and value his teachings are welcome to join us for this Lenten retreat by way of Zoom.

Registration before February 20, 2021 is required. Given this time of financial difficulty, your donation in any amount expressing your gratitude is appreciated. PayPal or checks in US funds are accepted. Use the Zoom access address below.


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Donation by PayPal: After registering, go to the PayPal home page and select “Send Money, Pay Online. . . ” Then,“Send a Request” at the top of the page using the Shem Center e-mail address,, enter the amount of your donation. It will go directly into the Shem Center PayPal account.


Donation by check: Make the check payable to Shem Center and mail to: Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, 708 N Harvey Ave, Oak Park IL 60302