Category: Youth And Faith

The Vision for the Orthodox Church of India

The Vision for the Orthodox Church of India I consider it a great blessing to have this opportunity of participating in the 17th centenary celebrations of the martyrdom of St. George. I recall with great pleasure my visits to this church on several occasions in the past. However today’s is my first visit after the reconstruction of the

The Catholicate of the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church

The Catholicate of the Malankara orthodox Syrian Church The word ‘Catholicos’ means ‘the general head’ or ‘general bishop’. It can be considered as equivalent to ‘universal Bishop’. This title and rank is much more ancient than the title Patriarch in the church. In the ministry of the early church there were only three ranks namely; Episcopos (Bishop), Priest

Reflections on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord

Reflections on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord “The Virgin has Begotten the Wonderful; Let us go and Behold Him” Reflections on the Nativity of Christ Introduction When the Creator saw that man, who He had made with His own hands, perish, He was so moved that, “He bowed the heavens and came down”. The Feast of Nativity

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

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

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’

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

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian Part 1 – Ephrem and the Liturgy Life of Ephrem In this paper, I will analyze Ephrem’s most important madrashe on the liturgy, “The Mysteries of the Eucharist,” along with his madrashe on Faith, Pearls, Church, Unleavened Bread and Nativity where Ephrem considers the Holy Eucharist. Ephrem the Syrian, known

The Feast of Theophany

The Feast of Theophany Translation: “By Your Baptism, O Lord, purify our minds to be a place for Your majesty. And by Your manifestation, enlighten our senses that we may thank You for Your grace.” The Church moves from the Feast of Nativity to the Feast of the Theophany or Epiphany (6th January) –
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