Category: Devotional

A Food for thought on the Holy Week Services

A Food for thought on the Holy Week Services The holy Week is again the round the corner. The people around the world are getting ready for long liturgical services with great zeal and fasting. Why do we observe this ‘particular week’ with so much solemnity? We all know its significance is solely because of its connection with the

Secrets to Happiness in 2015!; A New Year’s Message

Secrets to Happiness in 2015!; A New Year’s Message Per recent events such as the Ebola, universal uprising of terrorism, multiple shootings, several major plane crashes, Cruise ships and Ferries sinking, many children went missing, it is obvious that we are living in a time of growing uncertainty and personal anxiety. A renowned researcher writes that as we have

The miracle of Christmas

The miracle of Christmas The Church waits in anticipation to celebrate the glorious Feast of the birth of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. This infant Messiah, was born into this world as a poor, homeless child. This child had to leave His homeland because the political powers of that time, felt this child

Christmas thoughts; Turning to the inner light

Christmas thoughts; Turning to the inner light From behind my glass window on the third floor of the Upasana block at the St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur, I can watch a flock of sheep grazing on a little, not so green meadow, decked with neem trees and thorny bushes beyond the campus. It is a winter

Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification) Feast Day: November 2

Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification) Feast Day: November 2 Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification)The Sunday that comes on of after October 30th is called Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification of Church) Sunday. It is the beginning of the church calendar. First of all we need to know what the Church is and why it should be sanctified. Church, according to St. Paul, is

Fear Not – Be strong to do His Will!

Fear Not – Be strong to do His Will! Are you Ready to Face the Future, regardless of how dark things look? The days of 2012 were in many ways darkening ones – crime, immorality, corruption, and deadly violence by young and old. No informed person today will deny that the human race walks in darkness. We face dilemmas

Welcome 2013 with new resolutions!!

Welcome 2013 with new resolutions!! Very recently, precisely while we were caroling, one of our parishioners asked me pointing to my Accord, “Achen, did you buy a new car?” “Yes, I did, but it was precisely seven months back though”, I answered. After having received complements for the seven months old new car, I and

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ “Today we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. There has been no event in the history of the world more amazing than the Nativity of Christ. The Lord God Pantocrator, who created the visible and invisible world and all that is therein with but a single word, that

The Last Paschal Meal of Our Lord and God Jesus Christ

The Last Paschal Meal of Our Lord and God Jesus Christ For Orthodox Christians the last Paschal meal of our Lord is the most crucial act of Christ, which is inseparably intertwined with His very act of self-immolation on the cross as a sacrificial Paschal Lamb, and it is the most pivotal act on which rest all the mysteries of human

Week 4 of Great Fast

Week 4 of Great Fast This morning is the fourth Sunday of the Great Lent – the Sunday of the Canaanite woman. While we go about our daily affairs in the world on the outside, on the inside the Lenten Fast is leading us in retreat from the vain noise of the world and into
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