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Great Lent: ‘Restore Me To The Paradise From Which I Departed’

Great Lent: ‘Restore Me To The Paradise From Which I Departed’ The center of the liturgical year in the Orthodox Church is Kymtho, the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.  It is extolled in the services as the Feast of feasts and Triumph of triumphs. Justifiably so, for as the Apostle Paul declares, if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain,

Devotional Thought On Great Lent

Devotional Thought On Great Lent By the grace of God, we are once again entering into the 50 days lent popularly known as ‘Great Lent’ -the biggest of the 5 canonical Lents of the holy Church- which leads us to commemorate the climax episode of Christ’s incarnation and to be the contemporary of those events

Apocryphal Books

Apocryphal Books Definition The Apocrypha and the Churches The Roman Catholic Church The Syrian Orthodox Church The Protestant Churches and Apocrypha The term’ Apocrypha’ The Church Fathers and Apocrypha The books in Apocrypha The predominant thoughts in Apocrypha Conclusion a. Definition The word comes from its counterpart in Greek which means ‘hidden’

Presentation Of Our Lord In The Temple

Presentation Of Our Lord In The Temple Today we celebrate a multi-layered Festival. It is multi-layered because it is both a festival of the Church and an astronomical calendar date marking the half way point between winter solstice and vernal equinox: spring is on the way! It commemorates a scriptural event which combines the Presentation of the

Fast Of Nineveh

Fast Of Nineveh In the first qolo of Thursday evening prayer, we sing: The Ninevites trembled at the voice of Jonah, the son of Mattai, and took refuge in penitence by watching, fasting and prayer; and by tears and groans the sentence of judgment pronounced by Jonah concerning the destruction of Nineveh was

Theophany – Denho Da’ Tlithoyutho

Theophany – Denho Da’ Tlithoyutho The Feast of Theophany is a celebration of an historic event, the Baptism of Christ, celebrated each year on January 6. The Feast commemorates the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus,

The Statues Of God And His Kingdom

The Statues Of God And His Kingdom The Statutes in the Old Testament The first books in the Old Testament are called ‘torah’. The term means; instruction, teachings, directions. ‘Torah’ is the code of laws that showed the right path to the people of Israel. In the New Testament the Greek term ‘nomos’ is used to mean

Malankara Syrian Christian Association: History

Malankara Syrian Christian Association: History The Mulamthuruthy synod summoned by the patriarch peter III in 1876, resolved to have an elected body called the Malankara Syrian Christian Association to manage and control all the religious and social concerns of the Malankara church. The constitution of 1943 has clearly defined the composition and representation of the

Nativity Reflections: Waiting With Hope And Expection

Nativity Reflections: Waiting With Hope And Expection The Nativity of Christ marks a wonderfully exciting time in the church year. The change of season proclaims - Jesus Christ is coming! We sing “O come, O come, Emmanuel” as we await Christ Jesus’ arrival.

The Twelve

The Twelve Christians have often been called as “ordinary people with extraordinary claims”. And in many ways this appellation is true! The word of God says “But Jesus looked at them and said to them “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. Mt. 19:26, (Lk 1:37, Jer
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