Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Themes: Annunciation to Zechariah, Advent
Volume 7 No. 446 November 17, 2017

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Annunciation of the Angel to Zechariah by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Annunciation of the Angel to Zechariah by Domenico Ghirlandaio
(Fresco in the Tornabuoni Chapel, Florence, Italy, 1490)

I. This Sunday in Church: Annunciation to Zachariah

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (November 19)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (November 19)

3. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Annunciation to Zechariah

Volume 6 No 383 November 11 2016
Volume 5 No 313: November 13 2015
Volume 4 No 246: November 14, 2014
Volume 3 No 178: November 14 2013
Volume 2 No 108: November 15 2012
Volume 1 No  38: November 10 2011

II. Lectionary Reflections: Luke 1:1-25

4. From God: The Gift of Waiting

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. ...

5. The Gospel of Luke - The Aim of Dr Luke

If you take Luke and Acts together, you discover that Luke wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else, even Paul. ...

6. The First Glimmer of Light…Luke Nativity Part 1

It had been four hundred long years since there had been a Word from God given to Israel. The congregation had the Torah, the Prophets and the Law, but God had not spoken to them through any prophet for four hundred years. ...

7. The Forerunner…Luke's Nativity Part 2

"Thy Prayer is heard…", that is the prayer, long since renounced by the aged couple, for a son. Like Abraham and Sarah, the priestly couple would indeed have a miracle son, and they were to name him "John", Johannon, i.e. "God is gracious". ...

III. Featured Articles: Advent

8. What Is Advent?

Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these "last days" (Acts 2:17, Hebrews 1:2), as God's people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. ...

9. The Nativity Fast - Why We Fast

Fasting is not dieting. Fasting is not about keeping a Christian version of kosher. Fasting is about hunger and humility (which is increased as we allow ourselves to become weak). Fasting is about allowing our heart to break. ...

10. My Most Memorable Christmas

We're celebrating Christ's birthday, not each other's. This is His time of year. What are we going to give to Jesus?...

11. O Little Town of Bethlehem

When you sing this carol from a hymnal, notice that the title of the tune is "St. Louis." It's not named for a city or a saint, but for the composer of the music, Lewis H. Redner. Here is what happened...

12. The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

This is what is happening here this Advent: Preparation. Hope. Repentance. Praise. Let this Advent be a proper Advent for you. Don't let the hustle and bustle of Christmas cause you to miss out on the special blessings of the Advent season. This year take some time to let Advent do its work in you. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

13. Health: Vegetarianism Linked to Depression

Male vegetarians are at greater risk for depression than their meat-eating counterparts, new research suggests. ...

14. Health: Obesity-related Cancers On Rise

Our expanding waistlines are stalling the fight against cancer, because obese and overweight people are at a higher risk for a number of cancers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent report. ...

15. Family Special: 10-Day Communication Challenge for Married Couples

Day 10: Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Last of the Series)

16. Family Special: What Are Your Words Producing?

We all go through life with a remarkable power right under our nose. It is a power so great that it is capable of producing life or death depending on how it's used. ...

17. Christian Life: What it Really Means to Put Your Hope in Christ

Without hope we can literally become sick. Heartsick. Sick in our minds and souls. This sickness can lead to discouragement, depression, hopelessness. ...

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