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    Annunciation to Zechariah

      Like Abraham and Sarah, Zechariah expresses doubt when God promises that a child will be born to him and his wife in their old age. Since he doubted, God silences Zechariah until the child is born. What if we were to receive the most precious desire of our heart today? How would we respond? Can we reflect on this, in a journal or notebook using our own words? Also try to reflect on the times when we experienced periods of doubt, silence, listening or waiting. This Sunday’s Gospel depicts that such periods of ‘spiritual stillness’ can be a prelude to some new birth in our life, as it was…

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    HOODOSH EETHO Sunday: “The Feast of Dedication of the Church.”

    HOODOSH EETHO Sunday: ‘Hoodosh Eetho’ means “The Feast of Dedication of the Church.” Luke 20 depicts a series of questions the Jews ask Jesus in order to trick him. They ask Jesus three questions and today’s Gospel reading is about the first one; they question about the authority of Jesus. If we continue reading the chapter, Jesus responds by asking them twice as many questions and by telling them a parable. We might want to list the questions in this chapter of Luke and ponder why Jesus asks so many of them. Then ask ourselves, “Do we respond to people’s problems with our answers or do we try to listen…

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    Various Classifications of periods in the Lectionary in Malankara tradition

    Reviewing the available literature, there are at least four to five different classifications of the periods in the Church Lectionary in the Malankara tradition. All of them have the same arrangement of Sundays, order, and themes with minor differences in the gospel readings and other readings from Old Testament and New Testament. Over the years, liturgical calendars were published in two forms- the tables of Easter and related movable feasts; and a calendar of saints. The two have separate origins. The former were a matter of controversy in the ancient church. Eventually, a single one of 532 years (taqlab in Syriac sources) was adopted as the norm. They again differed…

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    Seven Periods in the Church Calendar

    The 52/ 53 Sundays in a calendar year has been divided to Seven Cycles in the Church Calendar. The first Sunday according to the Church Calendar is the Koodosh Eetho Sunday (Sanctification of the Church). Koodosh Eetho is the Sunday that falls between October 30th and November 5th. Again, the entire church calendar is divided into 7 cycles. I. Sanctification of the Church* to Christmas (Yeldho) II. Yeldho to Epiphany (Dan’ho) III. Dan’ho to the Beginning Sunday of Great Lent (Kothine) IV. Kothine to Easter Sunday (Kymtha) V. Kymtha to Pentecost VI. Pentecost to the Transfiguration VII. Sleebo to Sanctification of Church (Koodosh Eetho) Knowing this arrangement will help us…

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    Sermon on the Koodosh Eetho Sunday (Sanctification of the Church): Mark 8:27-33

    Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Happy New Year! Am I nuts! Greeting Happy New Year on the first Sunday of November, then really I must be crazy. But some of you may know why we wished happy New Year today. Because today is the first Sunday of the Church Calendar year; we call this Sunday Koodosh Eetho, which means sanctification of the church. We are also commemorating the perunnal of St. Gregorios of Parumala. Unfortunately we do not realize the purpose and meaning of many of the arrangements, many of the important days, rituals, feasts that are important for us. And that’s the unfortunate part; we…

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    Sanctification of Church: Confession and Purification Leads to Cross

    “Who do people say that I am?” Jesus further asks this question to his disciples. “Who do you say I am?” They mumbled and gave him ‘others’ opinion! But he was looking for a personalized reply; “I say…” not a, “Someone says…” This situation is true for us too. We always depend on jargons and text book definitions to answer this question. But Christ is straight away rejecting ‘second-hand’ testimonies! “Who do you say I am?” No other question will ever be as important to us, as this one question. Peter’s declaration was indeed a confession which leads to a holistic purification. This confession and purification helped St. Peter and…

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    Anger is only one letter away from danger

    “I hate you!” “I wish you were dead!” “You’re stupid!” “You’re worthless!” “I want a divorce!” “I wish we never had you!” “I wish you weren’t my parents!” Have you ever uttered any of these statements? If we’re honest, at one moment or another we have all spoken hurtful and hateful words. Yet, typically, most of us dismiss such comments by saying, “You really made me angry.” “I lost my temper.” “I didn’t really mean it.” Or the ever pathetic, “I was just joking.” While it is tempting to minimize our angry words, thoughts, and attitudes, the truth is there can be danger in anger. This is fitting since anger…

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    Entering the Kingdom of God: The rich vs. little children

    In this Gospel passage (Luke 18: 18-27) Jesus is sympathizing with a rich ruler; How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God. Then who can be saved? The answer is there in verses 17; Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. What is that spiritual truth that we need to learn from children? What is the secret that help them to take possession of the Kingdom of God?  Call to your mind your childhood face or your child’s face. Or you may go to a place where you can spend some time with children.…

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    Meditating St. Mary as the prophet of God’s justice

    It has been a recent practice in the Malankara Syriac Orthodox Churches to observe eight-days-lent interceding prayers of St. Mary, starting from day one to eight day of September. It is quite appropriate to think and meditate St. Mary especially during the time of “ETTUNOYAMBU”. Whenever we think and talk about St. Mary certain cliches and typical images come into our mind.  Some of the common thoughts and topics of discussion during this festival and lent season are; St. Mary is the mother of God; not the mother of Christ; she’s a saint, she is blessed, she is full of grace, and she is highly favored; she’s virgin, despite she gave birth to…

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    To publish your blog or article, please contact any one of the organizations you represent… St. Paul’s Men’s League St. Mary’s Women’s League (Samajam) MGSOYA – Young Adults MGSOSA – Youth League Sunday School Head Master We encourage you to write and publish and share… May God bless… [Blog Admin]

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