Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Advent-Revelation to Joseph,
Baskiyamo Dr. Ann Kadavil Special, Death and Dying
Volume 6 No. 388 December 9, 2016

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Flowering of Joseph's Rod Mughal India Watercolor, Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World
The Flowering of Joseph's Rod.

From a Mir'at al-quds (Mirror of Holiness) of Father Jerome Xavier, 1602-4
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper
Mugal India, Allahabad, Made for Prince Salim (1569-1627)
The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severence Fund
Photo for Malankara World by Dr. Jacob Mathew

This painting illustrates a story that introduces Joseph into the nativity narrative of Jesus. When Mary came of age to wed, the high priests ordered every eligible man to bring a rod to the temple. When they prayed for a sign from God to determine which suitor was worthy, the rod belonging to Joseph burst into bloom.

The painter has depicted Joseph's hat on the ground as if it fell off his head in a sudden movement of surprise. The suitors in this scene are dressed as contemporary Portuguese men, but have followed the Muslim practice of removing their shoes while in the temple.


1. Foreword

I. This Sunday in Church

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 11)

3. Sermons for This Sunday (December 11)

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals Featuring: St. Joseph

Volume 5 No 318: December 11 2015

Volume 4 No 252: December 12, 2014

Volume 3 No 182: December 12, 2013

Volume 2 No 113: Dec 13 2012

II. Lectionary Reflections

5. Joseph: A Teenager's Dilemma

When I call Joseph "the forgotten man of Christmas," that's not an exaggeration. Not much is said about him in the Bible. Not many sermons are preached about him. As a matter of fact, there's just not much written about Joseph at all. ... A must read article.

6. St. Joseph's Humility

Just as St. Joseph took care to guard his virtues under cover of very holy humility, he was also diligent in hiding the precious pearl of his virginity. If he agreed to be married, it was so that, without anyone knowing it, he could hide his virtue under the veil of a holy marriage. ...

7. Why I Love Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph accepted to live within the enclosure of an ordinary existence with Mary, his virgin bride, and with Jesus, the Son of the Eternal Father. His was an apparently confining life. It was within the enclosure of his marriage and family that Saint Joseph put down roots reaching hidden streams of living water, and grew, stretching upward, to lay hold of the promises of God....

8. Family Special: The Role and Responsibility of Fatherhood - St. Joseph as Model

With the coming of Christ, marriage was elevated beyond anything known before in human history. He restored marriage to its condition before the fall of our first parents. He told the Pharisees that a man may not put away his wife. Even if she is unfaithful, he cannot remarry. ...

III. Baskiyamo Annie Kadavil Special

9. Funeral Service Details, Dr. Ann T. Kadavil

10. About Kadavil Annie Kochamma (Dr. Mrs. Annie T. Kadavil)

11. Baskiyamo Dr. Ann Kadavil - A Very Special Person

IV. Featured: Death and Dying

12. '.and Death is Gain' - A Meditation on the Christian View of Death

I am struck that, these days, almost no one publicly speaks of their longing to depart this life and be with God. I suspect it is because we live very comfortably, at least in the affluent West. ...

13. Death is Not the End of Our Story

Death is not the end of the story for those who know the Lord. The Bible tells us what lies ahead for those who know Jesus. As we come to 2 Corinthians 5, we discover wonderful truths that give us hope as we face death with all its dark fears. ...

V. Priest's Wife (Baskiyamo)

14. The Orthodox Clergy Wife

Orthodox cultures have always seen the position of priest's wife as something special. Yet there really is no "job description" for what she should do or be. ..

15. The Shadow of a Priest

When a woman marries a future priest, she is also marrying, in advance, his future parish and his priesthood. When he is ordained his wife can often be relegated to a life of isolation, neglect and ceaseless beady-eyed scrutiny." ...

16. 4 Simple Things You Can Do to Encourage Your Pastor's Wife

For those of you who are not married to a pastor, I thought a little peak into what it's like to be married to one would help you know how to encourage your own pastor's wife. ...

VI. General Weekly Features

17. How To Make Poinsettia Paper Flower

18. About Malankara World

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