Articles by: Tenny Thomas

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

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

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) –

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

I Know My Redeemer Lives and I Will See God

I Know My Redeemer Lives and I Will See God Verse for the day: Job 19: 255, 26 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God… Reflection: The book of Job starts, “There was a man

Come to me, I will give you rest

Come to me, I will give you rest Meditation Text: St. Matthew 11: 25-12: 8 Verse for the day: St. Matthew 11: 28 – 30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart,

‘ I Need To Return To My Father’s House’

‘ I Need To Return To My Father’s House’ Verse for the day: I Corinthians 16: 13, 14 Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Reflection: St Paul is reminding the church in Corinth to be on their guard spiritually. He wanted them to wake up,

“In Silence Our Hearts Become Attentive To The Voice Of God”

“In Silence Our Hearts Become Attentive To The Voice Of God” “Be still and know that I am God!” is the first part of Psalm 46:10. The command to “be still” comes from the stem of the verb (רפה) rapha (meaning to be weak, to let go, to release), which might better be translated as, “cause yourselves to let go” or
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