Great Lent Today
Day 1 - First Monday of the Great Lent
Shubkono (Reconciliation) Service
Holy Church specifies today 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 below to get going.
Reconciliation and Healing
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Prayer for Lent - Reconciliation
- Repentance Prayer
A reconciliation prayer for the great lent
You can find several articles of
interest in the Malankara World Section on Baptism
In His Steps - A Lenten Series
Today: Nazareth: The Great Journey
Daily Meditation: A very special day
We begin our Lenten journey aware of where we are going.
We want to enter into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus for us more
That is the purpose of our journey. It is why we mark our heads with his cross.
It is why we fast today and abstain from meat.
Our Lenten program is not an effort to save ourselves.
We have been saved by his sacrifice.
Our self-denial helps us, in the darkness that surrounds us,
to prepare ourselves to receive his light.
For this is a journey to the Easter font,
where we will renew the promises of our Baptism,
remembering that in dying with him in the waters of Baptism,
we are re-born with him to everlasting life.
This year's journey begins today.
Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
- Joel 2:12-13
Today God our
Father brings us to the beginning of Lent.
We pray that in this time of salvation
he will fill us with the Holy Spirit, purify our hearts,
and strengthen us in love.
Let us humbly ask him:
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.
May we be filled and satisfied,
- by the word which you give us.
Teach us to be loving not only in great and exceptional moments,
- but above all in the ordinary events of daily life.
May we abstain from what we do not really need,
- and help our brothers and sisters in distress.
May we bear the wounds of your Son in our bodies,
- for through his body he gave us life.
it feels like we are embarking on a Lenten journey together, you and I.
The beautiful words in the today's prayer talk about
the "quiet remembrance of our need for redemption."
That feels like what I am looking for -
or what you are looking for in me.
I want to remember how much I need you in my life
and how much my life needs redemption.
I want to remember it clearly and
in the background of my day today and all through Lent.
On this special day,
may my small sacrifices in fasting be a way to clear away
the clutter in my life to see you more clearly.
May my longing for meat and other food,
help me to focus my life today more outside myself.
Let me be aware of those who are in so much more suffering than I am
and may I be aware of them as the brothers and sisters you have placed in my
Lord, I know there is darkness within me and around me.
Bless these days with your Word.
Let your Light shine in the darkness.
Help me long for that Light
until we celebrate it at the Vigil six weeks from now.
And most of all Lord,
Help me remember where I have come from and where I am going.
May I acknowledge to you my sins
and my deep need for your loving forgiveness and grace.
I pray that this Lenten season will make me so much more aware
of how much I need your healing in my life.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
(Source: Creighton University Online Ministries)
Preface for Meditation
by Prince Mathew
Great Lent is a time for the nourishment of our inner being. Abstinences during
Lent indicate the shift of focus and we give extra care to the nourishment of
our spirit. During Lent we give more time for Bible reading, meditation and
Prayer so that our spirit is purified and enriched by God. Then the Holy Spirit
who resides in our spirit can smoothly guide us. Good deeds and words will flow
from the inner springboard which is purified and strengthened by Christ.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’ (St. Mathew 5:8).
Lent is a period of reconciliation with others. Fasting is an act of worship
presented to God, and God does not accept the offering and worship of a person
who quarrels with others. Instead, He asks him to go and make peace with his
brother before coming to worship and present offerings in front of God’ altar.
Fasting is an appropriate time to evaluate our relationship with others. As we
ask God to forgive us our sins, we must also forgive those who have sinned
May God grant us a blessed fast by which we can grow in a life of prayer,
asceticism, and repentance. May we always increase in doing acts of mercy and
living in peace with one another.
Fifty-Day Gospel Planner
(Read all Gospels during the Great Lent)
1Then was Jesus led up
of the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted of
2And when he had
fasted forty days and forty
nights, he was afterward an
3And when the tempter
came to him, he said, If
thou be the Son of God,
command that these stones be
4But he answered and
said, It is written, Man
shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word
that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God.
5Then the devil taketh
him up into the holy city,
and setteth him on a
pinnacle of the temple,
6And saith unto him,
If thou be the Son of God,
cast thyself down: for it is
written, He shall give his
angels charge concerning
thee: and in their hands
they shall bear thee up,
lest at any time thou dash
thy foot against a stone.
7Jesus said unto him,
It is written again, Thou
shalt not tempt the Lord thy
8Again, the devil
taketh him up into an
exceeding high mountain, and
sheweth him all the kingdoms
of the world, and the glory
9And saith unto him,
All these things will I give
thee, if thou wilt fall down
and worship me.
10Then saith Jesus
unto him, Get thee hence,
Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord
thy God, and him only shalt
11Then the devil
leaveth him, and, behold,
angels came and ministered
Verily I say unto
you, Whatsoever ye shall
bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven: and whatsoever ye
shall loose on earth shall
be loosed in heaven.
19Again I say unto
you, That if two of you
shall agree on earth as
touching any thing that they
shall ask, it shall be done
for them of my Father which
is in heaven.
20For where two or
three are gathered together
in my name, there am I in
the midst of them.
21Then came Peter to
him, and said, Lord, how oft
shall my brother sin against
me, and I forgive him? till
22Jesus saith unto
him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but,
Until seventy times seven.
23Therefore is the
kingdom of heaven likened
unto a certain king, which
would take account of his
24And when he had
begun to reckon, one was
brought unto him, which owed
him ten thousand talents.
25But forasmuch as he
had not to pay, his lord
commanded him to be sold,
and his wife, and children,
and all that he had, and
payment to be made.
therefore fell down, and
worshipped him, saying,
Lord, have patience with me,
and I will pay thee all.
27Then the lord of
that servant was moved with
compassion, and loosed him,
and forgave him the debt.
28But the same servant
went out, and found one of
his fellow-servants, which
owed him an hundred pence:
and he laid hands on him,
and took him by the throat,
saying, Pay me that thou
fellow-servant fell down at
his feet, and besought him,
saying, Have patience with
me, and I will pay thee all.
30And he would not:
but went and cast him into
prison, till he should pay
31So when his
fellow-servants saw what was
done, they were very sorry,
and came and told unto their
lord all that was done.
32Then his lord, after
that he had called him, said
unto him, O thou wicked
servant, I forgave thee all
that debt, because thou
33Shouldest not thou
also have had compassion on
thy fellow-servant, even as I
had pity on thee?
34And his lord was
wroth, and delivered him to
the tormentors, till he
should pay all that was due
35So likewise shall my
heavenly Father do also unto
you, if ye from your hearts
forgive not every one his
brother their trespasses.
Bible Verse for the day:
St. Matthew 18:35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
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