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This Week in Great Lent - Week 7 - Passion Week (Apr 13 - Apr 19, 2014)

"Be still an experience the presence of God." Lent allows us to do it.

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." - Mother Teresa

“The frenetic activity of modern life with all its pressures makes it indispensable that Christians seek prayerful silence and contemplation as both conditions for and expressions of a vibrant faith. When God is no longer at the center of human life, then life itself becomes empty and meaningless…Jesus himself often “went off to a lonely place and prayed there…” Jesus’ prayer is our example, especially when we are caught up in the tensions and responsibilities of daily life.”
(John Paul II, Ecclesia in Oceania, no. 37.)

Daily Meditations and Bible Reading:

What To Give Up During Lent

Give up complaining. . . . . .. . .focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism. . . . . . . .. . become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments . ... ...think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry. . . . . . . . . . . . . trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement. . .. .. .be full of hope.
Give up bitterness. . . . . . .. .  . turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred. . . . . . . . . .  . . return good for evil.
Give up negativism . . . . . . .. . .be positive.
Give up anger. . . . . . . . . . .. . .be more patient.
Give up pettiness. . . . . . . . .. . .become mature.
Give up gloom. . . . . . . . .. . ..  .enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy. . . . . . . . . . . .pray for trust.
Give up gossiping. . . . . . . . . . .control your tongue.
Give up sin. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . turn to virtue.
Give up giving up. . . . . . . . . . . hang in there!

Articles

Where Do You Want to Spend Your Eternity? Holy Great Lent Apostolic Encyclical 2014 by HH Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All The East
The Holy Gospel unveils what will happen in the heavens on the terrible Day of Judgment, when time comes and the general resurrection becomes real. Divine revelation draws a clear image where we see the righteous judge surrounded by all the peoples of the world separated into two categories, the category of the righteous who have stood to the right of the judge, and the category of the evil ones who have stood to his left. ...

Apostolic Holy Lent Encyclical 2013: Charity
by HH Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All The East
The central component of our words here is charity. Charity with our neighbor is commended by natural law and recommended by divine law as well; people are all children of Adam and Eve, brothers sharing the goods of this earth. They have to love each others. After receiving the sufficient needs from their wealth, the rich shall fill the needs of the poor with their abundant goods; this is what natural law dictates. ...

Pierce Thou My Heart, Love Crucified by Fr. Mark
This excellent article by Fr. Mark dwells on the meaning of lent. He explains the various facets of the lent - fasting, meditation, scripture reading and reflection, charity, etc.

Thoughts For The Lenten Season Deepam Bible Study by EVP
Women in the Bible - in Malayalam (pdf)

A message for the Great Lent by His Eminence Issac Mor Osthatheos Metropolitan

Lent as a Way of Healing Ourselves of Prejudices and Wrong Notions by Fr. Jerry Kurian
Lent is a time to understand the presence of God inside us. God's love for us is unconditional and not based on the fulfilling of certain parameters. Let this lent be a time of realization and not self actualization and self praise. Let it rather be a celebration of life where those around us will be blessed and happy by our presence and intervention. ...

The Great Lent in the View of Bar Ebroyo by Fr. Dr. Biji Chirathilattu
The famous thirteenth century Syrian Orthodox Maphrian Yuhanon Gregorios Aboul Faraj Bar Ebroyo, who dominates the Syrian Orthodox Church History and who is rightly called the Thomas of Acquinas of the Syrian Orthodox Christianity, was the last Syrian Father to do an extensive codification of the different patristic directions towards the spiritual exercises in his Church. ...

Lent - A Time for Repentance and Forgiveness by Rev. J. Curtis Goforth
Sin is one of those things that we do not like to exhibit. Sin is something that modern people think is a private matter - something just between me and God. However, in the Church, sin is something that is very public and private. ...

Great Lent Bible Planner based on the Gospel of John (2014)
by George Aramath, Dallas, TX
If you are interested in making this Great Lent more meaningful, please take part in the Great Lent Planner. Each day you will read a portion from John’s Gospel, taking only 10-15 minutes...

Great Lent Bible Planner by George Aramath (2013)

Walking with God - Apostolic Bull on the Great Lent from Holy Father (2012)
The fact that Enoch was taken alive to the heavens in soul and body is a solid proof that confirms the doctrines of the immortality of the human being and that of eternal life. It is also a calling for man to walk with God in order to win eternal happiness.

Life in Christ - Message of Great Lent from Holy Father (2011)
Apostolic Bull for Great Lent -2011
The holy gospel is a reliable record of the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ in words and deeds during His divine economy in the flesh. It does not impose on us orders. It does not give us commandments to blindly hold to. It does not list prohibitions. Rather, it presents to us Jesus Christ as a living paradigm to longue for and a model to pursue carrying His cross. We shall follow Him so that we obtain eternal life through Him.

Lenten Reflection for Mid Lent
Lent is a time of self discipline. A faithful person may look to the end of his travails, as an athlete, and visualize the prize before him. How wonderful the rewards of God! Though we may face tribulation, like a good Father God knows how to reward His children. ...

Mid Lent and Erection of Golgotha
The Golgotha and erection of cross in the of the church also signifies that God came down from heaven and dwelt among us in this world. This is why the Golgotha is in the middle of the church with us, the common folks, and not in the Madbaha as we normally expect to find it.

Mid-Lent and the Holy Cross
On the 25th day of the great Lent of 50 days we place the Holy Cross, which we revere as Golgotha in the exact center of the Church. By this act we commemorate the placement of the brazen serpent in the exact center of the tents of Israelites...

Pathi Nombu (Mid Lent)
The 25th day of the lent which is always a Wednesday is known as mid lent. This is one of the very few days during the great lent when the Holy Qurbana is celebrated on a weekday other than Sunday or Saturday.

Reconciliation and Healing
Lent is a wonderful time to celebrate the reconciling love and the healing graces our Lord offers us. Like all religious experience, it takes preparation. ...

Preparing for The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Celebrating and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be among the most blessed of human experiences. Yet, there are a number of reasons why we don't take advantage of this Sacrament or we don't celebrate it well. Fear, shame, bad experiences of the past, a long time since the last reception of the Sacrament or bad habits in celebrating it now are all possible reasons for struggles with this Sacrament. ..

God's Invitation To Us
Lent is a season of being invited by God in a deeply personal way. "Come back to me, with all of your heart," our Lord beckons. "We will," we respond, but we aren’t quite ready yet, our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm, evade, avoid. Our souls not yet perfect. We are not ready for God to love us..

Thoughts for Great Lent - Deepam Bible Study
A great meditation in Malayalam.

God Alone Satisfies
The voice of God came through the figure of the Crucified Christ, saying to St. Thomas Aquinas: "You have written well of me, Thomas. What would you have?" St. Thomas Aquinas could choose whatever he wanted, whatever he desired. Would he ask for wealth or fame or power? Would he ask for love or athletic skill or simple pleasures? He could ask for anything; what would he ask of the Lord? He answered the Savior with these words: "Nil nisi te, Domine, nil nisi te." Only you, Lord, only you. ....

Fasting
by HH Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Universal Syrian Orthodox Church and All The East
Fasting is a voluntary act of abandoning worldly life. It is a sign of man’s obedience to, and respect of God’s laws and his observance of God’s offices by his voluntary abstinence from food or drink for a specific period of time.

Outline of Great Lent (According to Malankara Syriac Orthodox Tradition) by George Aramath
Great Lent in the Syriac Orthodox Church starts with evening prayer on the 1st Sunday (Wedding of Cana) and concludes with the Holy Kurbana/Mass on 8th Sunday (Resurrection/Easter).

Why Great Lent? What's the purpose? How do I take part? by George Aramath
Is it possible to observe the Great Fast/Lent in our current culture? What's the point of it anyway? It seems like an ancient practice irrelevant today.

Lent for Dummies by Christopher S. Wendell
Our scripture lesson gives us clues about what might be good things to be doing during lent. Jesus suggests generosity (giving alms), prayer, and self-denial (fasting). Jesus doesn't tell us what to do or even why but simply how – how to give alms, how to pray, and how to fast. In this way we avoid the motivation of the hypocrite and discover the deeper meaning of these spiritual practices.

Some thoughts about Lent for Busy People by E.F. Pemberton
Do not let us forget the real object of our fast. We deny ourselves to subdue our bodies, so that our spiritual life may increase. We fast that we may be stronger to fight against our besetting sin, our bad habits, and faults. If you do not know, find out at once what is your besetting sin, i.e., the sin you most frequently commit; fight hard against it, and pray for the opposite virtue every day.

Lenten Reflections: LENT as FEAST and FAST
Lent is more than just a giving up. It is giving… developing a greater love towards God,
self and others. LENT can be a FEAST AND A FAST.

The Mystery of Lent by Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.
A season so sacred as this of Lent is rich in mysteries. The Church has made it a time of recollection and penance, in preparation for the greatest of all her feasts; she would, therefore, bring into it everything that could excite the faith of her children, and encourage them to go through the arduous work of atonement for their sins. ...

Practice During Lent by Abbot Gueranger O.S.B.
Penance consists in contrition of the soul, and mortification of the body; these two parts are essential to it. The soul has willed the sin; the body has frequently co-operated in its commission. Moreover, man is composed of both soul and body; both, then, should pay homage to their Creator.

Some Hints for Lent by the Rt. Rev. A.C.A. Hall
The chief duties of Lent are Retirement, Prayer, Fasting, Repentance, and Almsgiving.

Great Fast (50-day Fast) by Rev. Fr. Johnson Punchakonam
During the Weeks of Great Fast (Valiya Nompu), Mar Thoma Nazranis (St. Thomas Christians of India) meditate on the Passion and Death of 'Iso-Msiha'. The fasting starts immediately after the Petratha Sunday.

Behavior During Lent
A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Bath and Wells to his Clergy concerning their Behavior during Lent. By Thomas Ken, D.D. London, 1688

The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well - A Lenten Reflection
A Lenten reflection based on St. John 4: 6

Are You Condemned?
My religion is Christianity. There are a set of practices that are associated with the Christian religion, but I think my Christian belief encompasses much more than a set of practices or rules of behavior.

Lenten Rumination
The Lent is meant to cleanse the whole being, both the inner and chemical by being with God. How to clean the physical man? The abstinence from food for hours and days allow the body to consume all the toxins accumulated by our day to day inherent infirmities.

The Significance of Fasting in the Struggle against Fallen Spirits
Fasting is acceptable to God when it is preceded by the great virtue of mercy; fasting prepares a reward in heaven when it is foreign to hypocrisy and vainglory; fasting works when it is joined with another great virtue – prayer.

Conversion Through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Lenten conversion is not a superficial renewal. What the Lord wants is not just the change of bad habits and worldly vices; He wants a clean soul and no half-measures will do.

Fasting Enlightens the Soul
Fasting helps to have serenity of the soul because the one, who hungers in his stomach, enlightens his intellect. Therefore, the hunger is a key, which opens the door of wisdom.

The General Canons of Fasting
Bar Ebroyo depends upon the decision of the Synod of Laodicea and Patriarch Timotheos and Patriarch John III of Antioch to describe the dos and don'ts in the great lent.

Prostration/ Kneeling (Kumbideel)
'Namaskaram' means PRAYING ON KNEES. While praying, we kneel or bend down before Almighty God. The whole participation of human mind, soul and body in prayer /worship is the peculiarity of orthodox worship.

A Daily Time Alone with God
For many people this time of year brings more activities and  personal obligations. When this occurs, a person's devotional times get squeezed out of their daily schedule, and soon their relationship with the Lord becomes distant. Having a daily Time Alone with God is vital to keeping a strong, vibrant, relationship with the Lord.

The Beauty of Humility
In a human being, there is nothing more beautiful, more attractive than humility.

Examination of Conscience
Here is a helpful examination of conscience, based on the Ten Commandments. Perform a brief examination every night, but go through a more thorough examination before confessing your sins to the priest.

Preparing for Confession - Orthodox Church
In Orthodox Church, the confession guides are typically centered around the 10 Commandments and The Beatitudes. Here is an excerpt from the Greek Orthodox Church Guide to Preparing for Confession. Similar confessionals are used in other Orthodox Churches.

Preparing for Confession - Guide for Adults
Here is a document prepared by a Catholic Lay member about preparing for the Confession. It is an excellent article to prepare for a Lifetime Confession and as a guide for the Examination of Conscience.

Am I ready to see the glory of God?
Following is an analysis of my Lenten experience based on the Gospel readings of the last six Sundays as the guidelines to figure out whether I am ready to see the glory of God.

Great Lent - A Time for Spiritual Renewal in Jesus Christ
The Church gives us Great Lent to be renewed, to escape the dreariness and weariness of life, and enter into the bright joy of life in Jesus Christ.

Great Lent: A Season of Renewal for All
Prophet Isaiah was emphatic in arguing that lent and fasting are not just pious "obligatory Observances" for the people of God, but a tremendous transforming force. Being mortal and feeble, humans need periodic renewal of body, mind and soul. How is this possible?

The Number and Days of Fasts - Part 1
There are a number of fasts in the Syrian Orthodox Church and often many questions are asked from the part of the believers as to the dos and don'ts in the fasts, the beginning, duration, and ending of the fasts etc.

The Number and Days of Fasts - Part 2
Other than the fasts on Wednesdays and Fridays, there are five more Fasts in a year. The great lent begins on the Monday coming closer, before or after the full moon between second February and eighth March.

The Material Benefits of Fasting
In accordance with the fact that Bar Ebroyo himself was a doctor, he underlines through a quotation from the doctors of his time that fasting improves the health of the body.

The Efficacy of Fasting and the Different Categories of Fasting.
According to Bar Ebroyo, the fasting may be defined in terms of time, of the kind of food or in terms of both time and food, and they are the three different categories of fasting.

God Shut Noah and Family in before the Flooding began
Since Noah walked with God during his life before the Great Flood, he certainly knew about this key point which made him leave God's job for God. There, we see an equilibrium between God's will and Noah's obedience or submission.

Some Thoughts On The Holy Lent In Relation To The Nature
Each rubric of the liturgy is meticulously designed in such a manner as to go in tune with the episodes of the incarnation of Christ and in tandem with the tempo of the Nature where we live. It is surprising that liturgical seasons of the church happen more or less in the same timing as that of the natural seasons.

The essence of Lent: Learning and struggling to bend our knees, mend our hearts, and lend our hands
The prayers during lent remind us that there is no use of observing lent if we do not change inside. No amount of abstinence from food and other things will help us in any way if we do not bring about a renewal inside us.

Great Lent in Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch
During the period of the Great Lent and other periods of fasting throughout the year, an individual makes a special attempt or connection to reach our God, and evaluate his calling as a Christian, to listen to the voice of the Gospels and heed its commandments.

Lent - An Explanation for Children
Fasting, prayer, confession, reconciliation, Holy Communion, charity and capping with love are the steps to reach and experience the resurrected Jesus in person.

Lessons from Zacchaeus - Importance of Lent
During this Great Lent, Jesus is asking us to learn from Zacchaeus to realize our weaknesses and find remedies to them as he did. We must realize our shortness in spiritual life, the falls we had in the past and the sins we committed which together made us unable to see Christ directly.

Third Friday of Great Lent and Annunciation to St. Mary Devotional
Humility is what we need to become faithful Christians. If we carefully examine ourselves we may observe that almost always we are trying to justify, defend, exalt or praise ourselves in our interactions with others and sometimes even before God, knowingly or unknowingly. This focus on self - our ego - can often keep us from hearing God's voice and prevent us from being faithful in our walk with God.

Fasting Guidelines during Great Lent for Orthodox Christians
We Orthodox Christians, in obedience to the words of our Divine Savior, and in imitation of the saints, set aside a period of intense fasting and prayer in order to purify our spiritual senses so we may see the Holy Resurrection.

Real Fasting
When we have gone through the labor of fasting, we forfeit not the crown of fasting, we should understand how, and after what manner, it is necessary to conduct this business; since that Pharisee also fasted, but afterwards went down empty, and destitute of the fruit of fasting.

The Spirituality of Lent
There are two different ways of looking at this fast because there are two different versions of these forty days, or forty segments of time, in the Scriptures. One is the blessing of the revelation of what it is that we need to do in service to God and to humanity. And the other is of the purification that needs to happen for God to set things straight in us and around us.

Great Lent
We Syriac Christians observe 50 days lent in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday.

The Patriarchal Encyclical of the Holy Great Lent 2010
The time for the Forty Days Holy Great Lent has arrived. It is a golden opportunity offered by our mother holy church to examine ourselves, to refrain from vices, uphold virtues, and return to God with repentance. Like the eagle training his young ones to soar high in the air, so does the holy church is training the faithful to soar in spiritual heights, giving them the graceful means to be liberated from earthly gravity that attracts them.

Study: Monthly fasting may help heart
A study in Utah, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is based, found that people who skipped meals once a month were about 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with clogged arteries than those who did not regularly fast.

Fasts and Feasts in Mar Thoma Church: Fire for the Journey of Faith
There are a growing body of data from the causal conversations with members of the church indicate that approximately more than fifty percentage of members are not confident on the place of 'fast and feasts' in the liturgical life of the church.

Keeping a Holy Lent (Episcopal Church) by Rev. Frank Logue
A Brief Introduction to Lent for Folks Who Are New to Liturgical Churches

Fasting is a Great Weapon for Christians

A Lenten 'Weight Loss' Program by Gary Zimak
Let’s face it, we are all weighed down to some extent by selfishness and assorted vices. Given a choice, very few of us will choose suffering over comfort. The Church gives us the season of Lent to examine our souls and remove the extra "weight" that keeps us apart from the Lord. Here are five simple steps that you can use during Lent to identify and eliminate some of this excess "poundage" from your life.

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Weekly Reflections and Retreat

Great Lent-Week 6 (Apr 6-Apr 12)

Lenten Reflection 5: Lord, If Only You Had Been There - The Story of Lazarus

Lenten Webinar- Part 2: Prayer (Video)

Lenten Webinar Part 3A Fasting (Video)

Lenten Webinar- Part 3B: Giving Things Up During Lent (Video)

This Week's Sermons (Week 6: Sunday of the Blind Man)
 

Daily Meditations and Bible Reading:

Day 35 - April 6 - Sixth Sunday of the Great Lent

Day 36 - April 7 - Monday before Hosanna

Day 37 - April 8 - Tuesday before Hosanna

Day 38 - April 9 - Wednesday before Hosanna

Day 39 - April 10 - Thursday before Hosanna

Day 40 - April 11 - Friday before Hosanna (40th Friday)

Day 41 - April 12 - Lazarus Saturday (Saturday before Hosanna)

Malankara World Journal Issues:

MW Journal Issue 214 - Easter Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 213 - Holy Saturday Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 212 - Good Friday Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 211 - Pes'ho (Maundy Thu) (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 210 - Palm Sunday (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 209 (Lazarus Saturday Special) April 9, 2014

MW Journal Issue 208 (40th Friday Special) April 8, 2014

MW Journal Issue 207 (April 4, 2014)

MW Journal Issue 131 - Holy Week Special 1 (40th Fri/Lazarus Sat)

Malankara World Journal Issue 130 (March 14, 2013)

MW Journal Issue 67 - Holy Week Special 1 (40th Fri/Lazarus Sat/Palm Sunday)

MW Journal Issue 66 - Great Lent Week 6

Passion Week (Apr 13- Apr 19, 2014)

See The Passion Week (Holy Week) Supplement in Malankara World

Daily Reflections, Meditations and Prayers for Passion Week

Palm Sunday

Passion Monday

Passion Tuesday

Passion Wednesday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Gospel Saturday

Easter

Shubkono (Reconciliation) Service

Our Holy Church specifies the first day of lent (Monday after Kothne Sunday) as the day of reconciliation (Shubkono). What a great way to start the Great Lent by unloading our sins - both to God, to our family and friends. It is a beautiful service. Please read the following articles and the references to get going.

Reconciliation and Healing

Preparing for Confession - Orthodox Church

Preparing for The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Prayer for Lent - Reconciliation

Psalm 51 - Repentance Prayer

A reconciliation prayer for the great lent

You will find several articles of interest in the Malankara World Section on Confession

Prayers for Great Lent

Prayer Book for the Great Lent

Great Lent Prayer Book - English

Great Lent Prayers - Malayalam- includes prayers for all 7 Yamams

Great Lent Prayers (Valia Nombu Namaskaram - Malayalam and English Transliteration)

Prayers for the Great Lent
(Includes prayers for all 7 watches in Malayalam
Courtesy: St. Paul's Prayer Fellowship)

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and for Lent by Dr. William R.G. Loader

Aghni Parthene - O Pure Virgin
Russian Orthodox Devotional especially chanted during the Lent Season

A Spiritual Psalter by Ephraim the Syrian

Prayer for Lent - Reconciliation

Psalm 51 - Repentance Prayer

A reconciliation prayer for the great lent

Lenten Prayers of St. Nersess

Saint Benedict: Prayer for Guidance

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Devotionals

Today with Jesus - by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose

Daily Morning and Evening Devotionals by Spurgeon

Daily Devotional with Oswald Chambers

Wisdom from the Desert Devotional

Weekly Devotional - by Rev. Fr. Dr. Dimitri from New Zealand

More Devotionals - Devotionals from selected evangelists

Sermons and Bible Commentaries for the Week

This week's Sermons based on the Lectionary of the Church

First Week's Sermon (Marriage at Cana)

Second Week's Sermon (Leper Sunday)

Third week's Sermons: Palsy - Paralytic- Sunday

Fourth Week's Sermons (Cananite Woman)

This Week's Sermons (Crippled Woman)

See more sermons at: Sermons Based on the Lectionary of the Church | Church Lectionary

Food: Selected Recipes for Lenten Times

Fresh Vegetable Juice

Tom Solomon’s Spicy Hot Vegetable Juice

Thai Vegetable Rolls

Cinco De Mayo Soup (Mexican Bean Pot)

Italian Vegetable Soup

Spicy Bean Soup

Lentil Vegetable Soup

Mushroom soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Clam Chowder

Pierogi

Selected Recipes for Great Lent from Malayala Manorama

More Recipes

Passion Week Supplement
Multi Media
Subukono Service at Manarcad Cathedral, March 2011 - Part 1 | Part 2

Shubhkono - Great Lent - Kalpana_Kappan

Devotional Song: En..prananum.. Em Aayussum

Devotional Song: Njaan Ariyaathe

See All Lent Multimedia Resources at Great Lent Multimedia Resources Home

Great Lent Articles from 1stHolistic.com

Why Should We Observe the Lent and Fasting?
We should keenly look forward to the Lent- because the purpose of Prayer & Fasting is to defeat the Satan.

On Prayer: Patriach Encyclical
It is customary since ancient times for the Patriarch of Antioch to issue a lengthy encyclical for the Great Lent exhorting the faithful to observe the lent in its true spirit. Here is one on prayer.

The Great Lent- An Opportunity for Us to Cleanse Our Mind, Body and Soul
While confessing, repenting and seeking forgiveness, we too should prepare ourselves to forgive others. In that way, let us get rid of all the ill-feelings from our mind and purify it, so that the heavenly peace can enter our hearts and stimulate us, to lead a true Christian life.

True Nature of Fasting
The primary aim of fasting is to make us conscious of our dependence upon God. It is to lead us to a sense of inward brokenness and contrition; to bring to us to the point where we appreciate the full force of Christ's statement, `Without Me you can do nothing.' 

Synopsis for Sermons and Meditations During the Lenten Period
A great tool to help us cleanse ourselves of our hurtfulness. Covers faith, love, forgiveness, repentance, mercy, and more.

St. John Chrysostom on Fasting

Meditation on the Reading for Kothine Sunday (John 2:1-11) by HG Yuhanon Mor Meletius
Without self transformation no one can transform another. Without self transformation no one can make another person happy. Our mission in this world is to make others happy and for that we have to be transformed. Jesus' purpose in coming in to this world was to transform the world and everything in here including humans. Same is the purpose of us being born in to this world and being strengthened through observance of lent.

Meditation on Kothine Sunday by HG Yuhanon Mor Meletius
The Church invites us to be part of a feast that surpasses all feasts. We are called to participate in a joy that is given by our Lord through the perfecting of all imperfections. Every moment of joy and happiness in human life without notice could slip away in to a moment of suffering, shame and dishonor. The presence of Christ by way of ‘being invited’ will certainly remove that slippery nature of our moments and make them moments of greater joy and satisfaction.

Miracle at Cana
On the first day of Great Lent the Holy Church introduces Jesus as the Creator of Universe. Faithful is on a spiritual pilgrimage with Jesus Christ knowing Him as Creator, Divine healer, Lord of Sabbath, Light of the world, Life-giver, Triumphant ruler and the one and only atoning sacrifice for the redemption of humanity. The pilgrimage culminates in the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, hope of eternal life.

Holy and Great Lent/Catechetical Homily
Our Church through the Holy Fathers designates that each year the season of Great Lent be set aside as a time for repentance. Although repentance is necessary every day and every hour, during Lent our Church invites us to experience repentance in a deeper sense.

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