Church Observes the Fast of Ninevites on January 25-28

Written By: on Jan 19th, 2010 and filed under Church News, News.

KOTTAYAM: The Fast of Ninevites or the 3 Day Lent will be observed by Malankara Orthodox Church on January 25-28, 2010. In Thumpamon diocese, the lent will be observed by the whole diocese in one place ‘Madhya Thiruvithamkoor Convention’. Whole day long prayers and retreat are conducted at the premises of Pathanamthitta Makkamkunnu Cathedral Church for the past many years. Many of the parishes of the church have regular prayers and retreats on these 3 days.

This is one of the most strictly observed fasts in the Syrian Church tradition. This fast lasts for three days beginning on the Monday, the third week before the beginning of the Great Lent. The origin of this fast was to commemorate a miraculous cessation of plague which broke out in the region of Beth-gammae. When struck with disaster, the faithful of the place gathered in the Church to pray and began to do great acts of penance and the plague ceased suddenly. To remember this great mercy of Lord, this fast came to be observed annually.

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Since it is observed for three days, it is commonly known as Moonnunoimbu (three days fast) in the Malankara Church. It is also known as the fast of Jonah since it commemorates the conversion of Nineveh through the preaching of Prophet Jonah. It is time for the penitential practice for the whole Church and the Church does her penance and prayers like that of Jonah in the belly of the big fish and that of the Ninevites” – Dr. Yuhanon Mar Diascoros of Madras Diocese says in one of his articles – Fasting In The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Tradition-

Parishes could post their 3 day lent program directly with their contact phone numbers at comments section below.

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  1. Editor says:

    St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Chennai

    Broadway St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Days Lent will be Observed.

    Retreat and intercessory Prayers will be conducted at the St. Thomas Retreat Centre (St. Mary’s Chapel) at Injambakkam, Cennai-600 041 on January 25 – 27, 2010 from 09.30 a.m. to 01.30 p.m.

    Fr. Mathew Thomas Kodumon, of Thumpamon Diocese will lead the retreat.

    Noon Prayers will be at 1.00 p.m. followed by intercessory Prayers.

    Evening Prayers will be at 06.30 p.m. followed by the readings of Psalms. 50 Chapters of the Psalms will be read on each day of the lent by the participants.

    Holy Qurbana on 28-01-2009

    :: Mathew Daniel, Chennai

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