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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) –

Advent – the Season of Anticipation and Hope

Advent – the Season of Anticipation and Hope The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’; means in the Orthodox Tradition, the period of fasting and preparation in connection with the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and

The Significance of the holy Campfire(bonfire) in Christmas Service

The Significance of the holy Campfire(bonfire) in  Christmas Service The Orthodox liturgy on Christmas is usually conducted in the silence of night and is designed in such a way as to attract anyone to it. It often creates in the minds of the faithful an inexplicable experience of the coming down of heaven to earth. Prior to the Holy

Confession

Confession Perhaps the most misunderstood sacrament of the Christian Church is confession. How did it originate? What role does a priest play? Is there a special procedure for confession? The Scriptures hold answers to these questions. Concerning our sins, God’s Word gives a marvelous promise. “If we confess our sins, He

Encountering God In His Word

Encountering God In His Word Text for Meditation: 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5 Verse for the Day: 2 Timothy 3: 16,17 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Reflection: The Scriptures shapes
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