Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Good Friday, Gospel Saturday
Volume 6 No. 340 March 24, 2016

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The living cross - designed by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World
Cross - No Greater Love

Greater love has no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13)

When you travel the United States by road, you will encounter a variety
 of crosses. Many are three crosses depicting the scene in Calvary. Then
there are giant crosses that certainly will draw attention to them. One
such cross is located east of St. Louis beside I-70 and is popularly known
as Effingham Cross (left). Whenever I go through that stretch of highway
it attracts me like a magnet.

The cross in the center is known as Radiant Cross. It reminds us of Easter
Sunday Morning.

Designed by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World


1. What Did Jesus Do For Us on His Last Days on The Earth?

When Jesus said from that cross in Calvary on Good Friday:

"It is all finished."

He has completed the redemption task he was entrusted to do. Jesus has paid for it all. He redeemed us from our sins. He made us children of God. He has released us from the bondage of Satan. Now we can claim our place he has prepared for us in heaven. ...

I. Good Friday in Church

2. Bible Readings for Good Friday (March 25)

3. Sermons for Good Friday (March 25)

II. Gospel Saturday in Church

4. Bible Readings for Gospel Saturday (March 26)

5. Sermons for Gospel Saturday (March 26)

6. Malankara World Journal Specials on Good Friday and Gospel Saturday

7. Malankara World Passion Week Supplement

Malankara World has a supplement that provides detailed information about Passion Week including articles, prayers, sermons, etc. You will find it here:

Passion Week Supplement in Malankara World

Malankara World has developed a daily plan of bible readings, meditations, reflections, and prayers for Passion Week. You will find it here:

Today in Passion Week Passion_Today_archives.htm

III. Featured Articles on Good Friday

8. Inspiration: Love and Joy Perfected

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. ...

9. How Jesus Faced His Friday

Everyone struggled on crucifixion Friday: The disciples struggled to keep faith. Pilate struggled to save face. Faithful women struggled to help Jesus. Pharisees struggled to discredit Jesus. Soldiers struggled to hurt Jesus. But no one struggled more than Jesus. ...

10. Surrender at Gethsemane

Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever felt as though your friends and family had abandoned you? Have you ever felt like you were misunderstood? Have you ever had a hard time understanding or submitting to the will of God for your life? If so, then you have an idea of what the Lord Jesus went through as He agonized at Gethsemane. ...

11. Good Friday Reflections - Nakedness Part 1: At The Garden

One of the most profound subtexts and themes, which runs through both the gospel texts and the experience of the Christian life, is that of nakedness and vulnerability. We are rarely comfortable with ourselves, with our own nakedness, never mind our nakedness in the public sphere....

12. Good Friday Reflections - Nakedness Part 2: Jesus on The Way to Calvary To Be Crucified

In front of the whole crowd of jeering, jibing soldiers, Jesus is stripped, naked and bruised. The level of a human's humiliation has never gone this far before. In their abhorrence of nakedness, they decide to humiliate Jesus by making Him the object of their hate. ...

13. Good Friday Reflections - Nakedness Part 3: Jesus on The Cross

Like so many dying people their worry and their pain is for those who are left behind. In the pain of a mother's grief at the unnatural and heartbreaking reality of losing a child, Mary stands beside us, sheltering us from the pain and fear of naked vulnerability. ...

14. Good Friday in Seven Good Words

A close look at Christ's seven final sayings from the cross clearly explains why there's so much "good" in "Good Friday." ...

15. The Day God Died: 'Crucified, Died'

The Apostles' Creed contains four phrases that refer to the death of Jesus Christ:
Crucified, Died, Buried, Descended into Hell.

Why are six words used to describe the death of Christ when one would have told the story - "died."  ....

16. The Crucifixion

The last words on that last day of his natural human life were the most important: "It is finished!" (John 19:30).

That was not a cry of resignation, nor capitulation or surrender. It was a shout of victory that all that God had planned for the restoration of sinful human beings was now accomplished. ...

IV. Featured Articles on Gospel Saturday

17. Holy Saturday: He Descended into Hell

Something strange is happening - there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. ...

18. Where Is Jesus Between His Death and Resurrection?

Where is Christ after He dies on Friday afternoon and before He rises on Easter Sunday? Both Scripture and Tradition answer this question. ...Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him. ...

19. The Silence of Saturday

Silent Saturdays. The day between the struggle and the solution; the question and the answer; the offered prayer and the answer thereof. Saturday's silence torments us. Is God angry? Did I disappoint him? ...

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