Articles by: Tenny Thomas

Christian Education In The Family

Christian Education In The Family Christian education of children should be carried on chiefly within the home, within the family. Instruction given in Sunday schools and attendance of church services are very important, but dependant, of course, on the family’s cooperation and attitude. Family is recognized as the ‘home church’, and the task of the

Let Us Be Reconciled With One Another – Shubqono

Let Us Be Reconciled With One Another – Shubqono The Church, on this very afternoon of the ‘Day of Forgiveness,’ has set her journey into penitence. And so, kneeling and prostrating, her people look ahead to Kymtho, the great feast of the Light. The service of reconciliation is conducted on Monday, the first day if the Great Lent, at

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,

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,

How A Bishop Must Be Chosen – A Laymans Perspective

How A Bishop Must Be Chosen – A Laymans Perspective The answer to the question “Who chooses a new bishop?” is “The Holy Spirit.” Christ has not abandoned His church, and continues to guide and govern her through the Holy Spirit. However, the Holy Spirit uses human beings to accomplish this. The process consists of two parts: identifying priests with

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.

Man (Humanity) – In The Image Of God

Man (Humanity) – In The Image Of God What does the word sacrament signify? “It is the sacraments that constitute our life in Christ.” The sacraments are “windows into this unseen world.” But though we live in a dark world, there are windows into it. Let us remember the Greek term for sacrament — mysterion, mystery. A mystery,

“He Rose According to the Scriptures” does the Indian Orthodox recite “He Rose According to His Will”?

“He Rose According to the Scriptures” does the Indian Orthodox recite “He Rose According to His Will”? Always bear in mind that when the Creed was formed in Greek, there were people who followed the Faith and who did not know Greek and so several translations needed to be made into other languages such as
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