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Saturday, March 30, 2013

EASTER SUNDAY


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This  is  EASTER SUNDAYThe Gospel reading for this Sunday is Mathew 28: 1-20, John 14:27, John 15:11-15 & John 15: 17-19  (31/3/2013) HE IS RISEN based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for Easter Sunday :- Devotional Thoughts for Easter Sunday by HG Zachariah Mar Theophilose

Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • NEVER BE LATE
  • REALITY OF LIFE
  • IN CASE I AM GONE
  • OPPORTUNITY COME TO PASS .......

Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace has now entered ChapteR I of Book V

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale is a continuation of 15th. Chapter.

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  WONDER WHY WOMEN CRY ?
It is finally Easter. The end of the Holy Lent. The day we were anxiously waiting for. Easter is a special day for all Christians.
The Theme of the Malankara World Journal this Sunday is Easter and Resurrection

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - XI

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Holy Trinity is the basis of and the Love is the Hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality - 3

By the Incarnate Son the Holy Spirit radiates within humanity and the world, as the love of God for us and of ours for God. The Holy Spirit brings into creation inter-Trinitarian life and love. He raises us to the level of deification.

The invocation of the Holy Spirit in the Holy Qurbana (epiclesis) hasn’t only the purpose of changing the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, but of brining divine life into the creation.

This is why the Church invokes the Holy Spirit in all her sanctifying services. We are raised up by the Holy Spirit to the divine world or in the other way the divine world penetrates us.

This is what really the meaning and goal of our spirituality or spiritual life.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

GOOD FRIDAY

One of the ways Christians have traditionally meditated on Good Friday is by reading and reflecting on the seven last sayings of Jesus from the cross. Luke records the final words of Jesus before he died on the cross:

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last.
(Luke 23:44–46)

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Orthodox Spirituality - X

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Holy Trinity is the basis of and the Love is the Hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality - 2

We may describe the Trinitarian basis of our spirituality in the following lines: Only a perfect community of supreme persons (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) can nourish, with its unending and perfect love, our thirst for love in relation to it and between ourselves.

The Father wants to extend love in its paternal form. So after the creation of man, He wanted His Son to become man so that His love for His Son, made man, would be a love which is directed toward any human face, like that of His son. In the Son made flesh we are all adopted by the Father.

The Father loves all of us in His Son, because the Son was made our brother. God the Son, too, thus shows His love as a supreme brother.

But the Son’s love for us is not separated from the Father’s love for us, but in His love as a brother He makes the Father’s love and also His love for the Father, engulf us. In us the Father welcomes other loving and loved sons because His Son was made our beloved brother.

However, this paternal love is poured out on us in the form of the Holy Spirit flooding the Son.


Orthodox Spirituality - IX


by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Holy Trinity is the basis of and the Love is the Hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality - 1

The very basis of Christian life is in the mystery of Holy Trinity and Incarnation. Orthodox spirituality has as a basic conviction on the existence of a personal God, who is incarnated and who is the supreme source of radiating love.

God prizes man and does not want to confuse him/her with Himself, but maintains and raises him to an eternal dialogue of love.

But the personal God, the supreme source of love, can’t be conceived of as a single person, but as a community of persons in a perfect unity. The God of the New Testament and of the holy Fathers is living and irreducibly three in one the Holy Trinity.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Maundy Thursday 27/3/2013


Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If  God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:31-35)

Jesus handed the betrayer a piece of bread, just as he had been feeding all  his disciples all along. Always giving, always gracing. Jesus fed thousands of people with fish and loaves, and every word that came out of his mouth was spiritual food for those who listened and understood. But on this night he fed them differently. Passing the bread, and then the wine, he spoke ominous, comforting words: "this is my body... this is my blood." This was not an ordinary supper, not even an ordinary Passover. His words connected with what he had said on the shores of far-away Galilee "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.... whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (Jn. 6:35, 54).

Jesus told them to repeat this unique meal in the future, and then it was time to go out into the chilly night. In a quiet garden among olive trees, quiet but for the deep night sounds of dogs barking in the distance, Jesus prayed. In agony he prayed. The specter of shameful execution and of bearing the curse of sin tore into the human consciousness of Jesus.

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Orthodox Spirituality - VIII

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker


Orthodox Spirituality and this world - 3

The one who has reached the peaks of spiritual living is no longer pre-occupied with external activity, but
contemplation.

Even so, he/she exerts an influence on the development of the world, by an attraction and a power which touch his neighbors, that they might become as he/she is, by the same fulfillment of the commandments, by the same virtuous works.

The person who has reached the peak of perfection exerts an influence and an attraction on his/her neighbors, which makes them strive to reach the ideal goal.

Because the very highest of the virtues, which the spiritual man struggles for, is love. In love there is knowledge too and the love of God cannot be separated from the love of the people.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - VII

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker


Orthodox Spirituality and this world - 2

The road to Christian perfection does not exclude this world and the works in it, but it does require that it
contribute to the winning of virtues.

No one should imagine that the work he/she does is an end in itself; it has the role of beautifying his nature, with the virtues of patience, of self-control, of love for his neighbor, of faith in God, and in turn of opening his eyes to the wise principles placed by God in all things.

The ultimate purpose of work and the taking part in the life of this world is not so much the development of nature as it is the normal development of the dormant possibilities in man and in his neighbors. Even in the enduring of troubles, which is one of the most important means of Christian striving, we don’t have to run away from the life of the world, but persistence in it. The care for one’s own formation and that of our neighbors, by beautifying ourselves with virtues, does not mean a non-participation in the life of the world.



Monday, March 25, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - VI

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Features of Orthodox Spirituality

In short, we may narrate the following features of Orthodox Spirituality:

1. The culminating state of the spiritual life is a union of the soul with God, lived or experienced.

2. This union is realized by the working of the Holy Spirit, but until it is reached, man is involved in a prolonged effort of purification.

3. It takes place when man reaches the ‘likeness of God’. It is at the same time knowledge and love.

4. Among other things, the effect of this union consists of a considerable intensification of spiritual energies in man, accompanied by all kinds of charisma.

The Orthodox uses the word ‘deification’ or participation in the divinity to characterize the union with God. It, however, does not mean that here there is a pantheistic identification of man with God. But it asserts with courage the possibility of a ‘union’ of man with God, of a direct ‘vision’ of Him, of a ‘participation’ in Him, through grace.



Sunday, March 24, 2013

PALM SUNDAY



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This  is  Palm Sunday,
The Gospel reading for this Sunday is 
John 12:12-19 & Mark 11: 1-11  (24/3/2013) The Triumphal Entry
based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
Source - http://www.malankaraworld.com

Sermon for Palm Sunday  
Devotional Thoughts for Palm Sunday
by HG Zachariah Mar Theophilose

Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • THE CLEANER
  • LOVE IS PATIENT
  • JOSEPH MEISTER LIVED
  • THE HEDGEHOGS

Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace has now entered Chapter XVII of Book IV

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale is a continuation of 15th. Chapter.

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  GOOD TO REMEMBER

The Theme of the Malankara World Journal this Palm Sunday  is  The Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday highlights important truths about both humanity and God. It painfully illuminates the fickle nature of the human heart; the city that eagerly embraced Jesus one day would be calling for his death just a short while later

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - V

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker



What is its Goal of Orthodox Spirituality ?

The goal of Orthodox Spirituality is the perfection of the believer by his/her union with God in Christ. But as God is unending, the goal of our union with Him, or our perfection, has no point from which we can no longer progress.

So all the Eastern Fathers say that perfection is unlimited. Thus our perfection is not only the goal but also an
unending process. In this process two great steps can be distinguished: first, the moving ahead toward perfection through purification from the passions and the acquiring of the virtues and secondly a life progressively moving ahead in the union with God. At this point, man’s work is replaced by God’s. Man contributes by opening himself up receptively to an ever-greater filling with the life of God.


Orthodox Spirituality - IV

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker



What is Orthodox Spirituality ?

Orthodox Spirituality presents the process of a Christian’s progress on the road to perfection in Christ, by the cleansing of passions and the winning of the virtues, a process which takes place in a certain order.

Spirituality describes the manner in which the Christians can go forward from the cleansing of one passion, to the cleansing of another, and the same to the acquiring of the different virtues.

Thus a certain level of perfection is reached and culminates in love. This is a state that represents the cleansing of all passions and the winning of all the virtues.

As man/woman climbs toward this peak, he/she simultaneously moves toward union with Christ and the knowledge of Him by experience, which also means his/her deification.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - III

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker


Definitions - 3

Orthodoxy has preferred always to use the terms ‘life in Christ’, ‘life in Spirit’, ‘the spiritual life’, and the ‘life
in God’ to describe the life of the Christian in union with God, regardless of the level of this life.

See Galatians 3:28; 3:20; 2 Corinthians 4: 11; 1 Corinthians 7: 8; Romans 8: 15; Ephesians 3: 16-17; Colossians 3:3; John 14: 23; 1 John 3:24 etc.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - II

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker


Definitions - 2

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, selfish ambitions, outbursts of wrath, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like...

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And those who have are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
(Gal. 5:16-25)


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY - I

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Definitions -1

Spirituality may be defined as the life in and with the Holy Spirit.

It is an ascetic and pious struggle against sin through repentance, prayer, fasting and participation in the sacramental life of the Church. St. Paul Says:

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish….

Monday, March 18, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church - XII

Second Coming

The Syrian Orthodox church believes in the second coming of Jesus and in the last judgment when the righteous would be rewarded with eternal heavenly tranquility and the wicked will be banished to perpetual hell.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sixth Sunday of the Great Lent,


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This  is  the  Sixth Sunday  of the Great Lent,
The Gospel reading for this Sunday is 
John 9:1-41  (17/3/2013) Samiya / The Blind Man
based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
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Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent  
First Thoughts on John 9:1-41 
by William Loader, Murdoch University, Australia


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • THE STORY OF ROSE
  • THE BIBLE AND COAL BASKET
  • CARROT, EGG OR A COFFEE BEAN
  • LET WOMEN HAVE THIER WAY OR...

Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is a continuation of  Chapter XVI of Book IV

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Pealeis a continuation of 15th. Chapter.

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

The Theme of the Malankara World Journal this Sixth week of  The Great Lent  and  The works of God and the worship of Jesus is featured.

You know, by now, that, the gospel reading for each Sunday of the Great Lent recalls one miracle performed by Jesus. Last week, we examined the healing of the Kfiphtho Crippled Woman  This Sunday we look at the healing of  The Blind Man. 

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Faith of the Universal Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church - XI

Prayer and Worship

The Syrian Orthodox church members do not worship idols.

The pictures of Jesus, St. Mary and other Saints are displayed in the Churches and houses.

The devotee faces east during prayer.

The laity is expected to pray twice a day (morning and evening) while the monks in monasteries should pray seven times.

Only canonical prayers can be used in public worship.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church - X


Sacred Days

The Syrian Orthodox church expects its members to observe Sunday and sacred days as holy and to refrain from routine engagements such as sexual relations during those days.

Traditionally there are nine such sacred days a year.

They are: Christmas, Baptism of Jesus, Jesus' entry into the Church, Gabriel's Announcement to St. Mary of the impending birth of the savior, Ascension, Transfiguration, Feast of the Cross, the ascension of St. Mary the mother of God and remembrance of St. Peter & St. Paul.

In addition to these, other important occasions are St. Thomas day, Passover, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Resurrection (Easter) during Passion Week.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church - IX

Rites for the Sick

The Sick are anointed with sacred oil for recuperation and atonement of sins.

(Basically this sacrament has been conceived for the healing of the sick, but it is now generally misunderstood and observed as the last sacrament.)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church - VIII




Priesthood and Apostolic Succession
The Syrian Orthodox church believes that it receives Apostolic Benediction and succession through the

Patriarchs seated on the throne of St. Peter at Antioch and the Patriarchs are the successors of St. Peter.

The Apostolic laying on the hands is regarded to be absolutely essential for the Order of Priesthood.

Only those priests who have received such ordination have the authority to perform liturgy and give sacraments.

The church teaches that the priests are the designate of Christ.

Thus they are empowered to forgive sins.

The believers make secret confession before the priest who can forgive the sins in the name of Christ.

The Church asserts the need for marriage to those priests who are Vicars of Parishes.

But the bishops are unmarried and must adhere to celibacy.

The Priests are not allowed to remarry. The Church also preaches that matrimony is sacred.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church - VII


Role of St. Mary and Intercession to Saints
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St. Mary is the perpetual virgin and mother of God who is esteemed as the first among the saints.

Intercessory prayers are offered in the names of the Saints, Churches are built in their venerated memory and their relics are honored and their memories are celebrated.

(Immaculate conception for St. Mary, as taught by Catholic Church, is not accepted by the Syrian Orthodox Church.)

The Syrian Orthodox church teaches that observing lent, refraining from rich food, etc. are good for the spiritual awakening.

The Church observes every Wednesday and Friday as days of lent. Also there are five canonical lents annually.

These are: 50 days lent before Easter (Valia nombu), the 13-day lent of Apostles, the 15-day lent in the name of St. Mary, the 25-day lent before Christmas and the 3 day lent (Nineveh).

In addition to these required lents, many believers also observe the optional 8-day lent (ettu nombu) from September 1-8 that ends on the birthday of St. Mary on November 8.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church - VI


Prayers for Departed

The departed souls are remembered in prayers. 

The church believes that they are part of the church and with us today. 

Holy Eucharist is conducted in their memory. 

The church observes the practice of annually celebrating the day of demise of any person at his/her house with prayer and offering of incense at the tomb (sradham).

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent

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This  is  the  Fifth Sunday  of the Great Lent,
The Gospel reading for this Sunday is 
Luke 13:10-17 (10/3/2013) "Kfiphtho Crippled Woman Sunday"
based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
Source - http://www.malankaraworld.com

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent A Spirit of Infirmity - "The Kyphotic Woman"
by The Rev. Dr. Jana Childers, Dean, San Francisco Theological Seminary



Words of Wisdom - bringing you Inspiring Quotes

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • THE WOODEN BOWL
  • HONESTY STORY OF AN EMPEROR
  • APOUND OF BUTTER
  • THINGS DO NOT ALWAYS GO ACCORDING TO PLAN

Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is now into its  Chapter XVI of Book IV

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale is in its 15th. Chapter.

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  I KNOW NOW

The Theme of the Malankara World Journal this fifth week of  The Great Lent  is Amazing God

You know, by now, that, the gospel reading for each Sunday of the Great Lent recalls one miracle performed by Jesus. Last week, we examined the healing of the daughter of the Canaanite woman  This Sunday we look at the healing of the Kfiphtho Crippled Woman. 

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Faith of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church - V

Qurbana (Eucharist)


The Eucharist is believed to represent the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Syrian orthodox church do not accept the 'transubstatiation' as taught by the Roman Catholic Church, whereby the bread and wine are transmuted into the very Body and Blood of Christ.

Leavened bread and wine are used in the Eucharist and given to the believers as the sacred Body and Blood.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church - IV

Church and Sacraments


The Syrian orthodox church teaches its members that the Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church enshrined with all elements of a full-fledged Church and it paves the way for salvation.

It is the duty of each member to obey the directions of the Church. The sacramental rites such as Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Confession, Priestly Orders, Matrimony and Sacrament to sick are held sacred and the members have ardent belief in their efficacy.

The first three rites (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) are the most important and each member has to partake in these without fail. They are given together at the time of baptism. (The Syrian orthodox church believes in infant baptism. Hot and cold water mixed together is used for baptism.)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church - III



Bible and Holy Traditions


Holy Bible is revered as the word of God. Every Sundays and other sacred days, Bible is read. (A lectionary specifies what to read.)

During the sacramental rites and common prayers, the Bible is read by the priest and, as a mark of reverence, candles are lit and held on either sides.

The traditions of the church that have been handed down by the early Church Fathers are revered and observed strictly as that of Bible.

The Holy Bible and the traditions of the Church are esteemed as the criteria of the Church's faith.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mid-Lent (Twenty Fifth Day of the Great Lent) 6 March 2013


The 25th day of the lent is known as mid lent (Paathi Nombu in Malayalam). 

This is one of the very few days during the Great Lent that the Holy Qurbana is celebrated on a weekday other than Sunday or Saturday. 

Liturgy for mid-lent includes a procession around the church carrying a cross. The procession is followed by a service known as 'exaltation of the cross' (sleeba aaghosham in Malayalam). 

The cross is then placed on a big decorated cross like stand covered with a red/crimson cloth in the middle of the the church. 

This structure is called Golgotha. There are several significances to the erection of Golgotha.

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in the Special Edition on Mid lent from Malankara World Journal

Faith of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church - II

Ecumenical Synods and Nicene Creed

The Syrian Orthodox church accepts only three Ecumenical Synods as the universal Synods.

These are: Nicea (A.D.325), Constantinople (A.D. 381) and Ephesus (A. D. 431).

The Church meticulously observe all faith declaration of the Nicean Creed. (The western church at a later stage appended a statement to this creed attributing the Holy Ghost to be originating from the Son also, (Filioque) which the Syrian Orthodox church do not accept.)

The Syrian Orthodox church believes that Jesus Christ is one Person out of two natures, namely human and divine. He is perfect man and perfect God.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Faith of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church - I


The faith and liturgy of the Malankara Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church are similar to those observed by the Universal Syrian Orthodox church.

These include the belief in Trinity, Jesus Christ's incarnation as the Savior, Nicean creed, the Church, Holy Bible, the Divinity of the traditions, the observations of the Sacramental rites, Intercession of St. Mary and Saints, Rites after death, Prayers for the departed, Daily prayers, lent, Fasting, Celebrating holy Qurbana (Eucharist or Mass) on Sunday and other sacred days, Church consecration, the three stages of priesthood which has the Apostolic succession that comes from St. Peter through the Holy Throne of Antioch preserving the Canonic laying on the hands, Baptism, the Holy Cross, the three Holy Synods and (veneration of) the Relics of Holy fathers.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Principles Of Orthodox Worship - X

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan
Strong Biblical basis

The apostles and the early disciples described the mystery of early Incarnation based on the law of Moses, prophets and other writings. See Acts 28:23. 

The worship and liturgical practice of the early Church were developed with the contents of Synagogue worship and Temple worship. 

The worship in the Jerusalem Temple followed morning and evening sacrifice , offering of the incense and Hanukah processions with lighted candles. 

The synagogue worship followed readings from the Old Testament, verses of blessings, singing of Psalms, exegetical sermons by religious scholars and Aaronic benediction. 

Assimilating these ancient practices of worship, the Church developed and regularized readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, songs, offering of incense and the holy Eucharist which is the liturgy of the sacrifice (Jn 6:53 ,1 Cor. 11:23-32, Heb 9: 15-22,). 

The worship of the Orthodox Church is saturated with verses from the Holy Bible.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent


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This  is  the  Fourth Sunday  of the Great Lent,

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is 
Mathew 15 : 21 - 28 (3/3/2013) "Knanayitho Canaanite Sunday"
based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
Source - http://www.malankaraworld.com

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Faith of the Canaanite Woman by: Fr.Andrew



Words of Wisdom - bringing you Inspiring Quotes

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • A BEGGERS RAGS
  • GOD NEVER LEAVES YOU BY YOURSELF
  • THE TEST
  • I'LL BE YOUR ARMS

Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is now into its  Chapter XV of Book IV

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale is a continuation to last week's 14th. Chapter.

Plus other features such as Just for Laughs and Did you Know ?

Thoughts for the Week which is an ever increasing collection Quotes and Inspiring Articles to Inspire you, Encourage you and Make you Think. This week, we bring you  SILENCE YOUR MIND

The Focus of the Malankara World Journal this week is on The Great Lent - Faith

Forward  by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World

We are now very near the mid point of the lent. The official halfway point is next Wednesday (March 6).

You know, by now, that, the gospel reading for each Sunday of the Great Lent recalls one miracle performed by Jesus. Last week, we examined the healing of the paralytic. This Sunday we look at the healing of the daughter of the Canaanite woman. 


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Principles Of Orthodox Worship - IX

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan
Liturgical hymns with diversity of tunes

The highest form of worship is to use hymns with diversity of tunes as in the Psalms.

Through liturgical hymns we are getting into the horizon of the fact of incarnation.

We are exploring the divine mysteries through our hymns.

Music is the human response to divine love. Music transforms human mind. It is the highest form of devotion and the strongest mental shock absorber.

With the heavenly angels who stand in rows and repeat the chanting of melodious prayers, the earthly beings participate in the worship with melodious songs.

In the book of psalms there are directions to lift up the voice of the choir. The word “sela” means “lift up.”

In the communal worship and singing , the choir members are reminded here to raise and lower down the voices and tunes.

Worship is our state of being immersed into the ocean of God. We feel relaxed when our burdens, problems, afflictions and aspirations are submitted before God.

Worship is the state of our relaxation before God.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Principles Of Orthodox Worship - VIII

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan
Intercession for the whole creation

Intercession for the living and the departed was practiced in the Church from the very beginning.

If it is alright to ask a living person to pray for us without violating the principle of one unique Mediator , it cannot be wrong to ask a departed saint to pray for us.

We also pray for them. Even the relics of the departed saints can do miracles. See 2 kings 13:20, 21. The rich man in Hades prays for his five brothers who are living Luke 16:27,28.

The Orthodox Church believes that the range of Christ’s saving activity is the whole creation at large.

The creation is based on the will, wisdom and power of God.

Purpose of the creation is to glorify God.

With our prayers and intercession we transfigure the world for the glorification of God.