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Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas This author has often heard many a people, especially in the West, using the pejorative phrase ‘Doubting Thomas’ to address St. Thomas, one of the twelve Disciples of Christ. This sarcasm has often pained me for it refers to my forefather. The case in point is the outcome of the

Orthodox Church and Sleeba Perunnal

Orthodox Church and Sleeba Perunnal In September we are at the ‘Sleeba Perunnal’, the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the instrument of salvation, on the 14th. This feast marks the discovery of the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified. In Greek and Latin this feast is called the ‘Exaltation of the

Worship, Prayer and Liturgy in the Orthodox Point of View

Worship, Prayer and Liturgy in the Orthodox Point of View To begin with, worship, prayer and liturgy mean not mere an intellectual exercise for the Orthodox, rather actions or activity where the body, soul and spirit are deeply involved in and totally engaged with. In other words, it is the total human being, as creation of God, involving him/herself in

Christ Is Risen, Indeed He Is Risen

Christ Is Risen, Indeed He Is Risen The empty tomb of Christ is a historical reality for every orthodox. The four gospels were written by four different men on different occasions and for different purposes. All of them clearly certify that Jesus rose from the dead without any doubt. Recently a United Methodist bishop was reprimanded by

And Isaac Carried the Wood on His Shoulders…

And Isaac Carried the Wood on His Shoulders… There are many vivid Old Testament narratives that refer to the passion and death of Jesus Christ and one among them is the story of Abraham going up on to the Mount of Moriah to sacrifice Isaac. We read the unfolding of a touching account of a father climbing upon

Lent or Fasting?

Lent or Fasting? Since Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is rich in tradition of fasting and prayer, comments about the various fasts often appear on various internet forums and online exchanges between Church members. The word ‘lent’ is often seen in these communications as well. There were postings about ‘Advent Lent’ and ‘25-day Lent’

All Souls Day; Sunday Preceding the Beginning of the Holy Lent

All Souls Day; Sunday Preceding the Beginning of the Holy Lent St. Luke 12: 32-48 According to the lectionary of our Church February 27 marks ‘All Souls Day’ this year. This is the Sunday that just precedes the beginning of the Holy Lent as well. The holy gospel that we hear on this Sunday is taken from St. Luke 12: 32-48.

Devotional Thoughts on the Nineveh Fasting (3 Day Fasting)

Devotional Thoughts on the Nineveh Fasting (3 Day Fasting) By the grace of God, we have once again ended the 3 days fasting popularly known as `Nineveh Fasting’, the smallest of the canonical Lents of the holy Church. “Lent is not a collection of prohibitions but it is an option for what is positive”. Fasting is one of the

Dialogue between Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholic Church

Dialogue between Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholic Church Doctrinal Agreement on Christology approved by Catholicos Mar Baselius Marthoma Mathews I and Pope John Paul II issued June 3rd, 1990 1. In our first meeting which was characterized by a spirit of concord, mutual trust, fraternal love and desire to overcome division and misunderstandings inherited from the past, we

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian Part II – Eucharistic Symbolism in Ephrem Eucharist as “Food” In Ephrem’s writings, the Eucharist emerges as a complex reality that can never be reduced or exclusively equated with any one of its aspects such as, the Eucharist as “food”. Rather, a flexible and often complex exchange of images allows
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