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Friday, May 31, 2013

The role of the The Holy Spirit in interpreting the Bible.


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

The role of the The Holy Spirit in interpreting the Bible.

An impartial research to trace out the root of now existing groups and interpretations, would adduce, they lack the basic qualifications, though may be educated (1 Cor.1: 19-20), and hence spurious. 

Right thinking faithful should not heed to such nefarious interpretations (Gal.1: 8). The episode of conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch vividly explains that education is not the main criterion to apprehend the riddles of the Bible. 

He was learned not only in his mother tongue but also in Hebrew or Greek, he was deeply religious so as to journey unto Jerusalem for worship, and he was an enthusiastic reader of scriptures as he was reading Prophet Isaiah, he was a man of great authority who had charge of all Treasure of queen of Ethiopia, but he could not, as admitted, understand what he read. It was Philip, guided by Holy Spirit, who explained the meaning Acts (8:26-31). 

The Holy Spirit does the whole job, through duly ordained servants of the Church, by the laying of hands and breathing, in exercise of powers vested in them.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Who can interpret the Bible ?


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Who can interpret the Bible ?

This is personal command exclusively given to disciples and not to the multitude. In other words, Jesus commissioned his disciples into the world to make disciples; to baptize; and to teach all nations with the same authority vested on Him; by means of ‘Laying of hands’ (Luk.24: 50-51) and ‘Breathing’ (John.20: 21-23). 

The disciples administered these 2 acts as signs of receiving and offering the gift of Holy Spirit while ordaining or appointing for the services of the Church, Acts.13: 3; 6:6; 14:23; 2 Tim.1: 6; 1 Tim.5: 22 and Titus 1:5 and the power of Jesus Christ is thus handed down by the bona fide successors to apostles by the act of ordination to generations unto this day. 

Therefore, the genuineness of the interpreter is very conspicuous; that is, he should be duly ordained for that purpose.



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Bible to be interpreted with the authority of God


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

The Bible to be interpreted with the authority of God

Scripture being the inspired Word of God, it has to be interpreted with the authority of God; and how do we get this authority?

“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, all authority is given to me in heaven and on earth. Go yea therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matt.28: 19-20).

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wrong interpretations of the Bible


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Wrong interpretations of the Bible

Liberal Protestants, more often than not, are too prone to misguide by wrong interpretations and give birth to spurious cults; relying too much on Revelations to derive authority and embolden their organizations; that this nefarious tendency has grown out of proportion and crossed all leaps and bounds, we have today more than 2000 organizations claiming to be churches. 

The most deplorable plight is the fact that out of over-enthusiasm to claim self-righteousness and base their authority in the Bible, they often brand all others dissenting, in culprit’s cage.



Monday, May 27, 2013

Syrian Orthodox Church view on the “Apocryphal.” books of the Bible


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Syrian Orthodox Church view on the “Apocryphal.” books of the Bible

Church does not appreciate mitigating the holiness of the Bible by open criticisms and interpretations; as these do not come from pious mind but from rebellious mind of Satan who is a liar from the beginning and his sole aim is to detract the faithful from the right path and create confusion in the Church which is the body of Christ (Eph.5: 21-32). To achieve his goal he would employ any proposition (1 Cor.7: 5,2 Cor.2: 11), even use scriptures (Luke 4:8) and assume even the shape of angel of light (2 Cor.11: 14). Unstable people fall easy victim of his evils.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Special 26 May 2013

This weekend  www.stgregorioshosur.com  brings you
SUNDAY SERMON
This  is  the first Sunday after pentecost. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 6: 26 - 35 (26/5/2013)   based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for the Pentecost Sunday :- Lord, evermore give us this bread. by Rev. Fr. John Brian, Wisconsin


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • THE INVISIBLE LETTER
  • THE PAIN OF FORGIVENESS
  • WRIGHT OPENING PRAYER
  • THE STORY OF GOD Vs SCIENCE
Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is a continuation of Chapter V of Book V

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale  is a continuation of 17th. 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  HE IS GOD
This edition of Malankara World Journal features -
  • Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Speaks on the Situation of Christians in Syria
  • Update on the Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria
  • Syria and the War on Christians: Should the U.S. Intervene?
  • Caught In The Cross Fire: Story of the Tragic Sufferings by Orthodox Faithful in Syria
  • Christian Indifference to Christian Suffering
  • Christian Persecution: Than and Now
  • Persecution of Christians Continue Unabated
  • Syria's Children Shot At, Tortured, Raped: Charity Report



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Saturday, May 25, 2013

The “Apocryphal.” books of the Bible


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

The “Apocryphal.” books of the Bible

Protestants, just for protesting sake, followed suit of the Jewish canon and they named those omitted books as “Apocryphal.” 

These books are Book of Tobit; Book of Judith; Book of Esther (from chapter 11); first and second Books of Maccabees; Book of Wisdom; Book of Sirach; first and second Book of Baruch; Epistle of Jeremiah and second Book of Daniel. ‘Apocryphal’ is a Greek word to mean ‘hidden,’ but the Catholics call it ‘Deutero-canonical.’ 

Syrian Orthodox Church values the divine origin (inspiration) of these Books.

However, there is yet another aspect known as, ‘Apocalypses’ (revelations). The venerable fathers of our Church rightly felt that there are hidden meanings in the allegories and in the very presentation of the Book of Revelation; the untaught and unstable could easily misinterpret and misguide the faithful to achieve their own vindictive ends (2 Tim: 2-4 and 2 Pet.3: 16-17) and that is why ‘annual Bible reading guide’ does not contain portions from ‘the Book of Revelation’; but there is no restriction to read at home or to quote from it to elucidate a point.


Live A Life That Matters



Live A Life That Matters

Live A Life That Matters
Coffin
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
Grave

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

Sunrise
Time

All your possessions & collections - whether treasures or baubles...
Will pass to someone else.

Treasures
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
Death

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Own

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

Couple

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

Resentments

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

Win or loose

It won't matter where you came from, or on which side of the tracks you lived.

Tracks

It won't matter whether you were beautiful, handsome... Brilliant, rich or dull.

 Beautiful & Handsome

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

Skull

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built

 Built

Not what you got, but what you gave.

purchases
 Volunteers

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

Success
success, significance
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
Taught

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice...

compassion

that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

empowered

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

Good Character

What will matter is not how many people you knew....

Love

But how many people will feel a lasting loss, when you’re gone.

Grave

What will matter is not your memories....

Memories

but the memories that live in those who loved you.

Memories
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what...
Grave

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

death In Christ

Lets make that choice NOW ! 
To live a life that matters


Friday, May 24, 2013

Difference concerning the number of books of Old Testaments:


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Difference concerning the number of books of Old Testaments:

Now concerning the difference in the number of books of Old Testaments:

The Jews were a scattered race ever after the Babylonian captivity. Alexander the Great conquered Persian Empire and reached upto India. 

He imposed Greek language as means to attain cohesion, which wrought considerable impacts on the life and thoughts of Jews (323 BC). Greek Language thereafter flourished. 

Before his premature death, he divided his empire to his generals, who later became kings in their respective territories. Palestine came under the rule of Ptolemies of Egypt under a treaty from 301-198 BC. Ptolomy II Philadelphus (283-246) in a bid to please Jews, ordered translation of Sacred Books he found in Alexandria and appointed 72 men (6 from each tribe) for the purpose and this came to be known as ‘The LXX’ (Septuagint means seventy). Jewish council met at the end of first century AD, canonized 39 books that were originally written in Hebrew.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Why Peseetho Bible is the most authentic


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Why Peseetho Bible is the most authentic

Another reason to make Peseetho Bible as most authentic is that Syriac-Aramaic-as known on those days- was the mother tongue of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The gospel was at first preached in Jerusalem, Judea, Europe, and Asia-Minor and elsewhere in Aramaic language. Again Aramaic is one of the three languages in which Bible-books or a part thereof, was originally written. 

Consequent to the Babylonian captivity, almost 70 years, the younger generations of Jews happened to be Aramaic speaking when they returned to Palestine in 536. BC. and Hebrew became a dead language used only in the sacred Scriptures. 

Now it was necessary to translate the scriptures in Aramaic after reading it in Hebrew and this translation came to be known as “Targum," that was popular during the days of our Lord. For example, the words of our Lord, “Thalitha Kumi; Eli, Eli, Lama Sabethani,” etc are Aramaic. ‘Thabitha, Kepa, Bar-Jona, Barabbas’ etc are Aramaic personal names. Gospel of Matthew was written in Aramaic. Josephus, the historian-Jew, wrote his “Jewish War” in Aramaic. 

Even though other Gospels were in Greek, Aramaic words, 'Abba, Rabbi,' etc. were frequently used. Old Testament portions, Ezr. 4:8-6:18, 7:12-26, Jer.10: 11, Dan. 2:4-7:28 are Aramaic. 

Authentic Malayalam translation of the entire Peseetho Bible (by Very. Rev. Kurian Corepiscopa) is now available for the benefit of the faithful.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Different Versions of Bible


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Different Versions of Bible

One would confound and stumble at the fact that Bible scholars are sharply divided on so many aspects found in and of the Bible.

For instance; there is ‘Protestant and Catholic- Bible.’ While the Catholic Bible consists of 73 books (46 in Old Testament) the Protestant Bible contains only 66 (39 Old Testament).

The standard version of the Syrian Orthodox Church is “Peseetho” (Syriac, vulgate being the equivalent in Latin) which means common or simple.

This oldest version was completed in first century itself. This is also the most trustworthy in exactness, being devoid of translation errors, and contains 77 books.

However it can be regrouped and brought down to 73 so as to equate with Catholic Bible that is otherwise known as the “vulgate,” as translated by St. Jerome in the 4th. century and thus obviously, Latin vulgate version is a much later addition than Syriac Peseetho version and hence Syriac Peseetho Bible is highly authentic.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Reasons to call the Bible as one book.


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Reasons to call the Bible as one book.

From Genesis to Revelation it deals with one theme, God’s ultimate redemptive plan. It bears witness to one God and His consistent nature in relation to mankind. 

He revealed Himself in part through the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, then Moses, Judges and Prophets and finally and fully through The Son, Heb.1: 1-2. 

The central character is one, who is Jesus Christ, who is the ‘Word Incarnate' or the ‘Living Word of God.’ “The word took flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). 

He is the ‘Word of God’ (and the word was God) who existed in the beginning (John 1:1), before all creations and who was responsible for all creations. 

Genesis declares him as “the seed of woman,” Gen 3:15. Old Testament is the prophecies regarding His advent. New Testament is about His manifestations and the redemptive activities and Revelation is about His Second Advent. 

Thus the central theme and character are one and the same and hence the whole book is one story; rather a progressive story of unraveling truth, candidly, harmoniously and in perfect and impeccable order. 

The Bible is the ‘inspired word of God,’ 2 Tim.3: 16. ‘Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,’ 2 Pet.1: 21. Not only that these men wrote what they felt, but also that God inspired them and unfolded the eternal truth and this demands obeisance and careful attention.

Monday, May 20, 2013

An Agglomeration of Books or One Book?


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

An Agglomeration of Books or One Book?

The word, Bible, is derived from the Greek, ‘Biblion,’ which imports the meaning, ‘An agglomeration of books,’ or in other words, a library of books.

Although it is a collection of books it is referred to in singular form - the Bible - as if it is only one book, which of course, would seem paradoxical in the first sense, and the reader would be exculpated from this paradox when he/she understands the essence of each book within it.

Relying upon the common notion that the first five books, namely, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, dominantly known as ‘Pentateuch’ or ‘Tora’ according to Jews, were authored by Moses, the great liberator of Israelites from the Egyptian bondage around 1400 BC and the last book namely, Revelation was authored by St. John, the beloved Apostle of Jesus Christ, around 100 AD, thus covering a span of 1500 years from first to last book and covering more than 40 different authors from different regions at different times and backgrounds.

When I say that ‘I am a Christian’….




When I say that ‘I am a Christian’….
I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living.

I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’ 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’….

I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’….

I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ ….

I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’….

I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ ….

I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.


When I say ‘I am a Christian’….  
I’m not holier than thou,


I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

 Be Blessed, Be a Blessing

19 May 2013


This weekend  www.stgregorioshosur.com  brings you
SUNDAY SERMON
This  is  the fifth Sunday after Easter The Gospel reading for this Sunday is Acts 2: 1 - 13 (19/5/2013)   based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for the Pentecost Sunday :- The coming of the Holy Spirit by Rev. Fr. Dr. V. Kurian Thomas Valiyaparambil 


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • OUR TREASURES Vs GOD'S
  • STUART (russ) HAMBLIN
  • THE MATCHLESS PEARL
  • BECOMING AS LITTLE CHILDREN
Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is on Chapter V of Book V

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale  is on to the 17th. 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  Just One
This edition of Malankara World Journal features - "The Holy Spirit overcomes fear". To indicate the Holy Spirit, the account in the Acts of the Apostles uses two great images, the image of the tempest and the image of fire. Clearly, St. Luke had in mind the theophany of Sinai, recounted in Exodus (19:16-19) and Deuteronomy (4:10-12:36). In the ancient world the tempest was seen as a sign of divine power, in whose presence man felt subjugated and terrified. ...



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Friday, May 17, 2013

Why read the Bible ?


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

Why read the Bible ?

When I suggest to spent time to understand or explore the divine revelations of this unparalleled treasure of wisdom, at least a few obdurate youngsters, I am sure, who are, more often than not, accustomed to derive oblivion out of unceasing television shows, contemporary Rock-music’s, and joke magazines which are fully infested with sex-talks and sex-ads, would dare to brand me as fanatic.

Well, who around us in these days is not a fanatic on one thing or the other? Some spent a lion share of their time on viewing TV shows; some others on sports and commentaries; yet others Rock-music, Rock-dance.

Some are really crazy in reading spurious publications. Many are hero worshippers, who never bother the moral or ethical standard of their heroes; instead, they are zealous about one particular trait, which often times may even be personnel charm.

Some persons are ‘work-aholic.’ A miser finds pleasure when he saves one penny; a spendthrift finds his maxim when he spends one more penny; a mathematician finds solace when he solves a theorem; a poet elevates himself in a state of ecstasy upon seeing a flowering meadow and writes a sonnet; an alcoholic finds self-forgetfulness with a full drink, an artist enjoys most when others appreciate him; thus interests and tastes differ from person to person, but all are victims of one or the other uncontrollable fancy, which is nothing but fantasy, of their own merits, though many are unwilling to accept it and, such being the fact, why not be a fanatic for a better cause and spend some time each day to read, meditate and explore the Bible?

I exhort everyone to read the Bible as, in doing so you are conversing with God, its real author that shall be profitable to the soul, mind and body and no other book in the world offer this complacency.

Millions over centuries testify this fact and so why not try? “Heard melodies are sweet; those unheard are sweeter still,” so wrote P.B. Shelly.

This is very true about reading Bible; the more you read the sweeter you will enjoy.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Bible - a literary masterpiece


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John

The Bible - a literary masterpiece

As a literary masterpiece, it stands out of all the masterpieces combined of all ages.

The great men like Mahatma Gandhi, George Washington and Tolstoy used to read it every day to derive strength and happiness. World-renowned literary men like William Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw, Dr. Samuel Johnson and so on have profusely quoted from the bible.

Is it not therefore worth to spend time to understand this marvelous book! It would be a foolishness to claim that one has understood everything in the Bible.

No human being can ever fathom it fully but at the same time one can understand it to the extent one is gifted by God. While it would heavily tax the intellectuals, the illiterates would easily comprehend its divine messages.

However, there are two types of readers, while one tours the other explores, and I am of opinion that exploring is, no doubt, better than touring, in relation to satisfaction and divine influence.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Influance of the Bible


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John

The Influance of the Bible

Considering Bible as one book, it has influenced and transformed millions over centuries and still continue to do so without a parallel any time anywhere.

Is it not wonderful to learn that just one sentence turned an immoral drunkard to a most dedicated Christian of all the times! and he was St. Augustine.

Just one passage led to the conversion of the eunuch of Ethiopia (Acts.8: 26-38). History is full with lists of such conversions.

Sadhu Sunder Singh and Oscar Wilde could transform their lives by the power of the ‘Word of God,’ the Bible.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

‘Bible’- The book that stands out at all times


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John

'Bible’- The book that stands out at all times.

“Be admonished: of making many books no end,” Eccl.12: 12.

We, living in a so called advanced age (computer age, space age and what next! You name it.), have seen numerous books and periodicals on technology, theology, sociology, science, literature, fictions, jokes, novels, romance, paperback, hard covers, commentaries, references and so on, and indubitably, a few people are influenced by each such publication. Some are listed as ‘best sellers,’ mostly depending on the fame of the author.

The curiosity of human mind for something new is never limited and always explores new heights and pastures and this, in turn, makes ‘once upon a time best seller’ the best-ignored books. In as much as there are no limits to the number of new books, the books that are forgotten in the course of time are also innumerable.

But one Book, ‘The Bible’, stands out at all times.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

12 May 2013


This weekend  www.stgregorioshosur.com  brings you
SUNDAY SERMON
This  is  the fifth Sunday after Easter The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 6: 35-46 or John 17: 13-26 (12/5/2013)   based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for the fifth Sunday after Easter :- I am the bread of Life by Rev. Fr. Dr. V. Kurian Thomas Valiyaparambil and Devotioanl Thoughts for the Sunday before Pentecost by   Rev. Fr. M.K.Kuriakose


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • WHAT CAN GOD DO WITH 57 CENTS
  • THE TIDE POOL
  • THE SNEEZE
  • THE HOT WATER BOTTLE
Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is on Chapter IV of Book V

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale  is on to the 17th. 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  Do not judge what's on the outside.
This edition of Malankara World Journal features - "No servant is greater than his master". Jesus promised his disciples the night before he was crucified that their lot was to be no different than His. Jesus said: "No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also!"


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An explanation of Holy Qurbana-XII


Holy Qurbana or the "Holy Offering" or "Holy Sacrifice", refers to the Eucharist as celebrated according to the Syriac Orthodox Church traditions.

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-XII

Conclusion of the Holy Qurbana

The Qurbana is completed behind the curtain when the priest takes his communion. 

He concludes by kissing the altar three times saying: 'Farewell, O Holy and divine altar of the Lord. 

Henceforth, I know not whether I shall return to Thee or not.Reminding that death is always near and be vigilant in preparing ourselves to meet the Lord at any time.of his coming.

Friday, May 10, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-XI


Holy Qurbana or the "Holy Offering" or "Holy Sacrifice", refers to the Eucharist as celebrated according to the Syriac Orthodox Church traditions.

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-XI

Receiving The Qurbana by the Faithful

The time for giving the qurbana to the faithful varies from church to church although in most of the Jacobite churches, the qurbana is given after end of the public service of Qurbana.sometimes it is given  at the end of "Dhoopa Prarthana". In some churches it is given during the middle of the second coming service.

We should fast at least for 6 hours before receiving the Holy Qurbana.Before taking the qurbana, one must confess before a priest.(Confession is mandatory if one wishes to take the qurbana during Passion week (especially Monty Thursday or Pessaha.) on other occassions the priest will prepares the person to receive the holy communion by a Hoosoyo service.

The person must come prepared for the Hoosoyo service only after proper introspection and prayers of repentance.

The bread is co-mixed with wine during the fracture and co-mixture service,to show that the body and blood of Christ cannot be separated. The priest administers the bread/wine/watercombination that is transformed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ during the service.

This should be consumed fully immediately. A deacon will provide water so as to wash down the remnants of the holy mysteries  and avoid the danger of it being spitted out. (Some people mistake the water as substitute for the wine as the Catholic Church and many protestants serve the bread and wine separately.

But according to orthodox tradition, the bread and wine are mixed together and served as one unit. The water is only to wash it down from the mouth.)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-X


Holy Qurbana or the "Holy Offering" or "Holy Sacrifice", refers to the Eucharist as celebrated according to the Syriac Orthodox Church traditions.

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-X
Thanksgiving prayer

This is also known as the concluding prayer,the priest thanks the Father on behalf of the congregation for having considered us worthy of partaking in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

After the prayers of thanksgiving, the congregation is dismissed by saying the words 'depart ye in peace and pray for me always

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-IX


Holy Qurbana or the "Holy Offering" or "Holy Sacrifice", refers to the Eucharist as celebrated according to the Syriac Orthodox Church traditions.

An explanation of Holy Qurbana-IX
The Second Coming

The veil is then opened to symbolize the second coming of our Lord Jesus and the Day of Judgment.

The priest, carrying the paten  and the chalice in his right and left hand, turns counter-clockwise to face the congregation to specially signify the coming of the Lord to judge.

This is in contrast to the usual clockwise turn, which is symbolic of the first coming of our Lord as our Redeemer.

The priest then moves forward in a procession to signify the second coming.

The deacons accompanying with lighted candles, marvahtso (symbolic of the presence of angels), and bells to represent the tumultuous second coming of the Lord with trumpets and accompanied by the angels. (Mathew 25: 31 - 'And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together his elect from the four worlds.

The priest then returns to the altar and places the paten and chalice back on the tablitho.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

5 May 2013


This weekend  www.stgregorioshosur.com  brings you
SUNDAY SERMON
This  is  the fifth Sunday after Easter The Gospel reading for this Sunday is Luke 9: 51-62  (5/5/2013)   based on the Lectionary of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

Sermon for the fifth Sunday after Easter :- Who pays the cost of discipleship ? by Rev. Fr. Andrew Eckert - Oklahoma


Brings you - Quotes that inspire 

Interesting  Short Stories and articles this week include
  • TEACH ME TO FORGIVE
  • THE GEESE AND THE SNOWSTORM
  • THE BARBER
  • THE DEVIL'S CONVENTION
Ben Hur - A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is on Chapter III of Book V

The Power of Positive Thinking  by Norman Vincent Peale  is a continuation of 16th. 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 Lord's prayer in Dialogue
This edition of Malankara World Journal features - "No servant is greater than his master". Jesus promised his disciples the night before he was crucified that their lot was to be no different than His. Jesus said: "No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also!"


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