1. Foreword: Holy Lent - The Basics
Today we are reminded that our lives come from God. Our very existence comes
from God. Every breath we
take is a reminder of our dependency upon God; every beat of our heart is a
reminder that God is the Lord.
As we begin our Lenten journey, let us take a few minutes to reflect on the
reality that without God we are nothing and to give thanks that God loved us
into being. ...
I. This Sunday in Church - 1st Sunday of Great Lent (Pethrutha Sunday)
Bible Readings for This Sunday (February 7)
Sermons for This Sunday (February 7)
4. From Malankara World Journal Archives
Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Great Lent Week 1
Volume 5 No 264: February 13 2015
Volume 4 No 199: February 27, 2014
Volume 3 No 124: Feb 7 2013
Volume 2 No 56: February 18 2012
II. Lectionary Reflections on 1st Sunday of Great Lent
Lectionary Feature: Wedding at Cana - A Reflection
This week we're at a wedding.
We're being shown another dimension of our relationship with God. If we're sons
and daughters of God, it's because we've married into the family.
Have you ever wondered why the Bible begins and ends with a wedding - Adam and
Eve's in the garden and the marriage supper of the Lamb (compare Genesis 2:23-24
and Revelation 19:9; 21:9; 22:17)? ...
Turning Water to Wine: God's Excess and Extravagance
John recorded the "many miraculous signs" of Jesus in order to encourage faith
in those who heard about them, even if they didn't witness them firsthand:
"These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." And that's what
happened at Cana; John writes that the disciples "put their faith in him."
Reflections on Great Lent and Kothne Sunday by Rev. Fr. Jose Daniel Paitel
Great Lent officially begins on the evening of Pethrutha Sunday. The rules for fasting and prayer has to be
followed from Sunday night onwards. Fr. Jose Daniel
talks about how to conduct the fasting, and also
reflects on the Wedding at Cana. (In Malayalam) ...
III. Great Lent - Week 1 - Featured Articles
8. Malankara World Great Lent Supplement
Malankara World Great Lent Supplement
9. Meditations and Reflections For Week 1 of Great Lent
Week 1 of Great Lent
Preparing for Great Lent
We Are Sinners
All of us have sinned-if we were without sin, Jesus' sacrifice would not have
been necessary to assure us a relationship with God. This week, take time to
identify the temptations and sins that you struggle with. Are there unconfessed
sins in your life that you need to bring before Jesus? ...
Conversion Through Prayer, Fasting and Alms-giving
Lenten conversion is not a superficial renewal like cleaning an old painting
or varnishing an antique chair. These are renovations but are not
conversions! 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. And for
that, we are given a forty-day discipline to train us to cleanse the insides
of our souls and make them ready for the Lord. ...
'Rend Your Hearts'
The Church realized that all Christians were in need of repentance and
forgiveness, not just those whose sin might stand out more than another. So,
as time progressed, every Christian would come forward to have this ancient
symbol pressed into their foreheads. ...
Reflection - How To Fast
Fast from judging others;
Feast on Christ dwelling in them. ...
IV. General Weekly Features
Health: Obesity is Now a Problem for Unborn Babies
Obesity isn't just an American problem; in Britain, doctors have begun
administering the diabetes drug Metformin to the unborn babies of morbidly obese
mothers-to-be to reduce the fetuses' weight. ...
Recipe: Baked Apples with Raisins
Family Special: Parenting Tips That Will Immediately Impact Your Family
At some point in our parenting, we've all reached the breaking point these
parents were rapidly approaching. They were looking for help right now. I've
only found one book with parenting tips that apply to any child at any age at
any time: The Bible. ...
2016 couldn't have begun better for India's start-up ecosystem with
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing a whole host of tax sops and
incentives to further encourage start-ups bloom in this glorious land of
opportunities which is home to probably the third-largest number of start-ups
globally – India. ...
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