I attended a Chaldean Catholic Liturgy for the first time. A few observations
1. The Liturgy was entirely in Arabic, so apart from the Creed, the Our Father, and the Consecration, I had no idea what was going on.
2. People were surprised that I didn't speak Arabic, so all I can conclude is that Hispanics from New Mexico appear Arab.
3. A friend of mine there informed me that Chaldeans and Christians from the ACoE have a formal agreement of intercommunion, so that many of the people at Liturgy could have been ACoE.
4. A friend's Greek Orthodox friend was there and I had a good conversation with him. He was very kind and respectful, making the sign of the cross whenever it was called for in the liturgy.
5. I had one of those "we need to fix all these stupid schisms" moments. There at that Liturgy were Roman Catholics, Chaldean Catholics, Byzantine Catholics, Christians of the ACoE, and a Greek Orthodox Christian, all worshiping Christ together. I know that there are still serious problems to be worked about between the Churches that are not in communion because of differences in faith on certain matters. However, sometimes, because of how close we are in faith, and in many cases, how close we are in praxis, the schisms just seem patently absurd.