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Lectionary (Bible Readings) for Passion Week
Fortieth Friday Lectionary

Lazarus Saturday Lectionary

Palm Sunday Lectionary

Monday of Passion Week Lectionary

Tuesday of Passion Week Lectionary

Wednesday of Passion Week Lectionary

Maundy Thursday Lectionary

Good Friday Lectionary

Holy Saturday Lectionary

Easter Lectionary

Holy Week

Introduction to Holy Week
An introduction for beginners on the significance of Passion week or Holy Week. Passion Week begins with Palm Sunday, and then includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and then Easter Sunday. ...

Holy Week Timeline Visualization
Here's a new visualization that harmonizes the four Gospel accounts of Holy Week and lets you examine the "who," "what," and "where" of events leading up to and through Easter. Follow the lines in the chart to see at a glance what people were doing, where they were, and whom they were with at any point during the week.

The Messiah Foretold
The Scriptures begin by describing the grandeur of God's creative work. Having brought planets, light, vegetation, and animal life into existence, the Lord then brought into being that which He deemed "very good" - humankind. Made in the image of God, humans unique among all of God's creation. Tragically though, our first parents marred that image through disobedience. ...

Passion Week Devotionals Collection

The Meaning of Holy Week
Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for it is now that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast.

What Do We Celebrate in Passion Week
When we look at the Holy week beginning with Feast of the Entry into Jerusalem ( Hosanna Perunal) and ending with the Feast of Feasts, The Feast of the Holy & Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord, it is obvious that it is all about Jesus Christ, our Lord God Savior and Redeemer. ...

The Holy Week Services In The Orthodox Church
The Holy Week is again the round the corner. The people around the world are getting ready for long liturgical services with great zeal and fasting. Why do we observe this 'particular week' with so much solemnity? ...

The 8 Days of Easter: What You Need to Know
Easter says of Jesus, 'He meant it! He meant to lay down his life for you. And as surely as he has taken it up again, he knows you and loves you.' ...

Holy Week...So What?
Each day rich with meaning, significance, and spiritual admonishment. But it all begins this weekend, with Palm Sunday, the day of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

Meditations for Holy Week
As you prepare for Holy Week we offer the following reflections for you to use or to share.

Holy Week in the Maronite Church
The Holy Week is the memorial of those great days of our salvation when Jesus Christ died on the Cross to redeem and save our human race and give us the opportunity to share in His Divine Life.

Holy Week in the Catholic Church (Latin Rite)
At the heart of our faith is the Paschal Mystery: the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. We call this “Holy Week” for Jesus’ public ministry culminates with his suffering, death and resurrection.

Our Lord's Passion
Jesus Christ's suffering, or passion, was immense and truly indescribable, but we can say that He endured three types of suffering: emotional, physical, and most importantly, spiritual. Because He was truly man, along with being truly God, He genuinely experienced that suffering.

A Thought for the Passion Week!
When we attend the Passion week services, it gives us opportunity to remember and meditate on the love of Christ, His sufferings and His crucifixion more than other days.

Holy Week (Poem) by Dr Zhivago

Meaning of Cross
The Message of The Cross
From Jesus' birth and youth, the cross cast its shadow ahead of Him. The cross is inextricably tied to the Person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Teaching of the Cross
We are now going to consider the teaching of the Cross. We want to study the events preceding and following this great historical event. We are now sailing with Peter, as the drama of redemption continues to unfold. As we sound the depths of the Word of God, exactly what did Peter and the other apostles of the kingdom understand and teach about the Cross?

If I Were God (The Cross) by Edward F. Markquart
If you really want to understand the heart of God, you need to understand the cross because the cross symbolizes the love of Christ. Christ’s love is the deepest kind of love, a love which is willing to die for another. The cross is the very power of God for salvation. The cross is power, the power of the love of Christ. ...

The Cross: The Hidden Face of God by Edward F. Markquart
Look through the cross and you will be able to see the presence of God face to face. When you look through the window of the cross into the face of God, what kind of face do you see?  You see the face of passionate love, of a passionate lover. His feelings are filled with intensity and emotion, for the face of God is the face of a passionate lover, the face of passionate love. ...

No Accident by Max Lucado
Jesus was born crucified. Whenever he became conscious of who he was, he also became conscious of what he had to do. The cross-shaped shadow could always be seen. And the screams of hell's imprisoned could always be heard. This explains the glint of determination on his face as he turned to go to Jerusalem for the last time. He was on his death march. ...

Humility: Christ Humbled Himself
Why did God exalt Jesus Christ to be king? Why is it that at the name of Jesus, we and all heavenly angels are to fall on our knees? At the name of Jesus, we are to lift up our hands and say, “Jesus Christ is king.” Why? What did Jesus do that was so utterly important? What did Jesus do that placed him in such high esteem before all angels and all people? ...

The Magnetism of the Cross
Intuitively, we sense that the cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith. We are drawn to the cross because we sense that the cross is the key that unlocks the whole Christian faith. The cross is the key that unlocks the mystery of God. The cross is the key that unlocks the mystery of our lives. We sense that in the cross.

Save us from our Crosses!
God chose to experience the place of the greatest pain, the cross. In the cross, we are meet with the very mystery of God, where God chose not to avoid the suffering of this world. We hear the statement, "Where suffering is, love is. And where love is, God is." We are at the very heart of the incomprehensible mystery of God that is symbolized by the cross.

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
Bible Reading For Palm Sunday

Day 42 - Hosanna/Palm Sunday (Personal Meditation)

Sermons for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Devotional Thoughts by Rev. Fr. Jose Daniel Paitel
Everything Jesus Christ did had a purpose and was meaningful. There was an impermeable reason for His every action. These were deeply entrenched in the scriptures. Some of them were mystical, some of them were obvious to naked eye and some were retro-historical. There was a prophetical importance for his commands. He cannot dissuade himself from His ultimate noble goal and He extends His guidance to that goal. He fashioned everything under His perception and motivation regarding His heavenly father....

Humility: Christ Humbled Himself by Edward F. Markquart
Why is it that Jesus is exalted above all others? Why? At the mention of his name, every knee on earth and in heaven shall bow. Why? Because of his miracles? No. Because he was the Son of God? No. Because of his divine connections? No. But because he humbled himself and walked a life of humility and obedience....

Story of a Redeemed Donkey by Rev Fr. Jose Daniel Paitel
(in Malayalam). If the link above does not work, read the pdf version here.

Are You Ready for Palm Sunday?
In our Lenten journey, have we discovered that we are studies in contrasts? Did we begin with great aspirations and are now feeling more than ever our fickleness? If so, we are truly ready for Palm Sunday. Here is a study of the passion story from the Gospel and from OT and Epistles to understand what we will be encountering in Passion Week. ...

Palm Sunday
Holy Week, the most solemn and intense period of worship in the Christian faith, begins with Passion Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. In spite of the spiritual gravity of Holy Week, it begins with joy.

Palm Sunday in Syriac Orthodox Church
Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's entrance to Jerusalem riding a colt (Mark 11). The service commences with a procession in the church with the clergy, dressed in their vestments, carrying olive and palm branches.

Palm Sunday and What Jesus' Passion Means to Us
Christ arrives a king triumphant today and dies as a criminal on Friday. Christ is honored with palm branches today and crowned with thorns on Friday. Christ is adored with singing today and mocked with jeers on Friday. Christ is born in victoriously on the foal of an ass today and bears the burden of the cross on Friday. ...

Lent Devotions - Palm Sunday
Today is Palm Sunday, when we commemorate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The excitement of the scene is tempered by the fact that very soon, the same crowds that hailed Jesus as King would be calling for his death. Read the description from all four gospels.

Hosanna in the Highest - Are you ready to be a donkey?
Son of God could have ride on a chariot or a horse. But He selected a donkey. Do this selection of donkey have any relevance in today's life?

Palm Sunday - Passion Sunday
The Sunday before Easter is observed by virtually all Christians -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox -- as Palm Sunday. For all Church traditions the feast has a bittersweet taste.

Palm Sunday Meditation
The holy fathers have explained to us the mystery of these two animals. The ass represents the Jewish people, which had been long under the yoke of the Law; the colt, upon which, as the evangelist says, no man yet hath sat, is a figure of the Gentile world, which no one had ever yet brought into subjection.

You can't kill the King
And so we find two very different stories: the Palm story where Jesus was the "wish king," to grant people their wish for the day, and the Passion story of what a joke. ...

See What the End Shall Be – A Meditation on the Gospel of Passion Sunday
As these behaviors are noted, we must understand that WE do these things. For the Passion accounts are not merely portraits of people long gone, they are portraits of you and me. We do these things.

Bible Reading For Monday of the Passion Week

Monday of Holy Pascha Week
The fig tree is a symbol of the Jewish nation, which had the outward appearance of fruits, because they had followed the letter of the law. But they lacked fruit in that they did not abide by the Spirit of the law and "neglected the weightier things of the law."

Monday in Holy Week
This morning, also, Jesus goes with His disciples to Jerusalem. He is fasting, for the Gospel, tells us that He was hungry. He approaches a fig-tree, which is by the way-side; but finds nothing on it, save leaves only.


Bible Reading For Tuesday of the Passion Week

Holy Tuesday (Video)

Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week
On Tuesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day with the disciples in the temple, teaching them by parables, telling them about the Second Coming.

Tuesday in Holy Week
Today, again, our Savior sets out in the morning for Jerusalem. His intention is to repair to the temple, and continue His yesterday's teachings. It is evident that His mission on earth is fast drawing to its close.


Bible Reading For Wednesday of the Passion Week

Wednesday of Holy Pascha Week
On Wednesday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ spent the day in Bethany at the residence of Simon the leper. There, a woman, anointed our Lord’s blessed body with fragrance.

Wednesday in Holy Week
The figurative lamb is now to make way for the true one; the Pasch of this year will substitute the reality for the type; and Jesus' Blood, shed by the hands of wicked priests, is soon to flow simultaneously with that of victims which have been hitherto acceptable to God only because they prefigured the Sacrifice of Calvary.

Maundy Thursday (Pessaha)
Bible Reading For Pesaho (Maundy Thursday)

Sermons for Maundy Thursday

Christians and Pagans (Poem)

Thursday of Holy Pascha Week
On Thursday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ washed the feet of His Disciple’s; celebrated the Last Supper and instituted the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist. We also remember his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal by Judas.

Holy Thursday Reflection: When We Eat this Bread (Video)

Passover/ Pesaha/ Holy Last Supper
The following are the four cups of wine served at the Passover with a meal that symbolizes the tears and suffering of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.

Jesus, the Passover Lamb
Some say Jesus selecting Palm Sunday, his triumphal entry to Jerusalem to present himself as the Passover lamb and He needed them to inspect so that they could see Him spotless and perfect. He is also the judge, the King and the Messiah, who died, resurrected and ascended.

Lamb of God
Jesus is called the Lamb of God. When Jesus was condemned to die on the cross, He was innocent. He had committed no crime. Like the Passover lamb of the past, Jesus was without defect, He had never offended God. He went willingly to the cross and like a lamb, suffered in silence.

Jesus Washes the Feet of the Disciples
It has been a long day. Jerusalem is packed with Passover guests, most of whom clamor for a glimpse of the Teacher. The spring sun is warm. The streets are dry. And the disciples are a long way from home. A splash of cool water would be refreshing.

A True Servant
Do you equate success with wealth, acclaim, and power? If we measured by these standards, then Jesus, who was rejected by His community and didn't even have a house of His own, was a failure. But, of course, we know that's not the case. So God must use something other than these worldly goals to define success. ...

Servant Leadership
In these verses (Mark 10:32-45), Jesus demonstrates what true spiritual leadership is. Jesus boils all of it down to two words: selfless service. The way to lead people spiritually is not by manipulation or by a special technique or through intimidation. On the contrary, genuine spiritual leadership takes place when you give of yourself sacrificially in service to others. ...

Christian Leadership - Given Divine Power to Act as Slaves
Let's consider what this passage (Luke 22:24-30) teaches us about the Christian vs. the non-Christian view of "greatness." Since Jesus uses the issue of greatness to contrast the self-serving attitude one finds in the world (which the disciples still seem to hold to at this point) (v. 25) with the attitude of selfless servanthood which He obviously wants them (and us) to adopt in its place (v. 26-28) ...

Appointment with Destiny: Betrayal in a Quiet Garden
In a stroke of bitter irony, the intimate scene of the Last Supper butts up against the brutal scene of betrayal in Gethsemane. The ordeal begins with Jesus praying in a quiet, cool grove of olive trees, with three of his disciples waiting sleepily outside. Inside the garden, all is peaceful; outside, the forces of hell are on the loose. ..

Sequence of the Last Supper Events
On Holy Thursday, let’s examine the sequence of the Last Supper which pretty well illustrates why the Lord had to die for us. We will see how earnest the Lord is about this Last Supper, how he enters it with an intense love for his disciples and a desire that they (we) carefully heed what he is trying to teach them.

Thursday of Holy Pascha Week
On Thursday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ washed the feet of His Disciple’s; celebrated the Last Supper and instituted the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist. We also remember his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal by Judas.

Last Supper (Pesaha) Scripture Readings

The Symbolic Meaning of the Communion Elements
The cups of the Passover have specific meaning. The Last Supper was actually the Last “passover “ and the 1st Lords Supper.

Last Supper celebrated a day late, physicist claims in book
The Last Supper is commemorated a day late, a Cambridge University physicist claims in his new book, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Belfast Telegraph.

Let Us Live With Him! Let Us Learn From Him! Pope's homily on John 17 at the Mass of the Lord's Supper
Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Christians by reminding that, if we remain united with the Lord, the preaching of the Apostles will never fail. This sermon is indeed a gem. This prayer is an extremely powerful prayer which is often described as the true "Lord's Prayer." The Lord's Prayer, we use is really a Disciple's prayer - It is taught by Jesus to the Disciples as a model prayer they can use. This prayer, on the other hand, is Jesus' prayer to God, the Father.

Good Friday
Bible Reading For Good Friday

How to Make Chorukka (bitter drink used on Good Friday)
In Malaylam - pdf file

Friday of Holy Pascha Week
On Friday of Holy Pascha Week, our Lord Jesus Christ endured trials and crucifixion.

On the Passion of the Saviour by St. Ephraim the Syrian

Crucifixion Story: As Told by St. Matthew

Crucifixion Story: As Told by St. Mark

Crucifixion Story: As Told by St. Luke

Crucifixion Story: As Told by St. John

Reflections on Good Friday

Sermons for Good Friday

Good Friday Reflection: From the Cross (Video)

Good Friday - Here is Love (Video)

Christ I Thirst (Poem)

Blood and Water From His Side by St. John Chrysostom
If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt.

This is Why He Came and Died
On Good Friday, we reflect on how that beautiful babe in the manger came to fulfill a mission. A terrible and glorious mission! God invaded planet Earth. He became a human child, to live as one of us, to call us to repent, to love God with our whole heart, minds, and souls, and our neighbors as ourselves. ...

Meditation on the Day of the Cross
During this Holy Great Lent, we need to humble ourselves prayerfully to learn at the feet of the two crucified criminals of Calvary, who are often scornfully dismissed as being among the lowest of the low.

A Meditation For Holy Friday
The greatest danger on this day is that we shall so occupy our minds with the sufferings and death of Our Savior that we shall miss altogether the meaning of His last words to us and the meaning behind His suffering and death. ...

A Meditation for Good Friday - 'For Us'
Of all the volumes that have ever been written and all the hymns that have ever been sung -- there are two words that give the clearest understanding of what it was that happened on a cross outside of Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago. "For us..."

The mystery of Suffering: A Holy Friday Meditation
On Good Friday we are not simply remembering the death of Jesus Christ our Lord on the cross. We also participate in his sufferings and death symbolically; we confess him to be our Saviour God who died for us, and we look forward in hope to the glory of resurrection when death and evil will be fully overcome. This "paschal event" is at the heart of salvation. ...

Jesus' Last Words
Every year on Good Friday, Christians take some time to meditate on the depth of Jesus' sacrifice for us in suffering a humiliating, bloody death by crucifixion. It's a time to dwell on what Jesus suffered for us, in all its pain and intensity, without rushing straight ahead to the good news of Easter, resurrection, and new life....

Reflections for Good Friday: The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord
Even in His hour of pain and misery, He thinks not of Himself, but of His Blessed Mother - and entrusts her to the care of "the beloved disciple." Perhaps even greater than this is the fact that He shows His love for "the beloved disciple" by entrusting him to the care of the Blessed Mother. ...

Peter Following Jesus from Afar
Before Peter's denials came, something else came: a widening space between Peter and Jesus. Although Peter was a close companion of His, when Christ was suddenly arrested, Peter stopped his "right-beside-ya" stroll. Today's key verse from Mark 14:54-55 clearly states where he stood, "Peter followed Him at a distance" ...

What's So Good about Good Friday?
Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That's why Good Friday is so dark and so Good. ..

The Death of Jesus
When on the point of expiring, Jesus placed before his eyes all the sufferings of his life—the poverty, fatigues, pains, and injuries which he had suffered—and, again offering them all to his Eternal Father, he said, All is now accomplished—all is consummated. All that the prophets foretold of me is consummated; in a word, the sacrifice which God expected in order to be appeased with the world is perfectly consummated. ...

Good Friday - Our Day of Atonement
Today is our Day of Atonement, our Yom Kippur. After the Easter Vigil, there is no liturgy so striking. It was described recently as 'one of the most powerful rites of worship ever devised in any tradition' (G. Collins). Two moments, surely, stand out: the reading of the Gospel, and the veneration of the Cross. ...

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion: Peter's Denial
Is not Peter's denial of Jesus, in one sense, worse than Judas' betrayal of him? Judas did not deny knowing Jesus; rather, he failed to see the truth of Jesus' identity. Peter, on the other hand, denied knowing Jesus, but recognized Jesus' identity as the Son of the living God (cf. Matthew 16:16). Judas, then, betrayed him whom he did not truly know; Peter betrayed him whom he truly knew. ...

Your Choice: Barabbas or Jesus Christ
Bringing the two prisoners before the people, Pontius Pilate asks them, "Which one do you want me to release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus called Christ" (Matthew 27:15)? This very same question is posed to each of us: which man do we want, Barabbas or Jesus? ..

Good Friday Message
The Great Lent is almost coming to a close. Let us ask four questions to ourselves.

The Ones at the Foot of the Cross
Forgiveness is a psycho-spiritual, social, and political leap out of the past -- its wrongs and wounds -- into the shaping of the present and future. It is a refusal to get stuck in resentment over what has been done in order to generate creative energies for living today and tomorrow. ...

The Cross of Christ - 2
If we leave the cross out of life of Christ, we have nothing left, and certainly not Christianity. Cross is related to our sin.

When a Curse Becomes a Blessing – Only God Can Do That
Here in Holy Week we ponder the events that led to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Among the things to ponder is a dramatic moment in the trial before Pilate when the people who were present utter a curse upon themselves.

Good Friday is a Prep -Witness Day
Many opportunities come our way in life, how we respond shows what we truly love and look for in life.

Jesus was on the cross, dying as a sacrifice for our sin - for all time. During the last three hours that He was on the cross, the world became dark.

What Day did Christ Die?
In Daniel 9:25-26 it is said that there would be 69 prophetic weeks till the Messiah would appear, and would be cut off (Crucified) in the midst of the week. This equals 483 years. Jesus, according to Daniel's prophecy, was anointed the Messiah in 26 AD., which was 483 years after the Decree of Artaxerxes to restore Jerusalem.

Stabat Mater - St. Mary at the Cross
Stabat Mater is the title of a thirteenth-century Latin hymn and it means "the Mother was standing." In Latin, the hymn consists of twenty couplets which describe the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin at the Cross. ...

Love is Stronger Than Death - Good Friday Meditation
Love is stronger than death. That is why this Friday is so good. Love Incarnate died for each one of us and transformed the door of death into the portal of everlasting life and communion. ...

How to Contemplate Christ's Holy Sufferings
Some reflect upon the sufferings of Christ in a way that they become angry at the Jews, sing and lament about poor Judas, and are then satisfied; just like by habit they complain of other persons, and condemn and spend their time with their enemies. Such an exercise may truly be called a meditation not on the sufferings of Christ, but on the wickedness of Judas and the Jews...

A Brief Useful Note About the Procession on Good Friday Service.
by Rev. Fr. Jose Daniel Paitel

The Good Friday processions differ from other processions in our services. Rev. Fr. Jose Daniel has written an important note high- lighting the differences. The article is in Malayalam. The salient features are also covered in English in our commentary of Good Friday Services here: Good Friday Services - A Commentary on the Orthodox Liturgy

Good Friday Services - A Commentary on the Orthodox Liturgy
For those not familiar with the meaning of the Liturgy of the Orthodox Church, Good Friday provides a challenge. How can you attend such a long service? This is the first question people ask. Actually, once you understand the services, you will want more. Orthodox service is full of imagery and mystery. If you understand that, then you will start enjoying the liturgy. ...

Good Friday Sermons
Midnight Miracle - Luke 22:49-51 by Dr. Ray Pritchard
In this little story we see how Jesus treats his enemies. When they come for him, he does not resist. When they are hurt, he heals them. He receives their attacks and then is led away to die for the very men who are putting him to death. He will not use his divine power to escape their clutches. He only uses his power to heal those who have been hurt by his followers. ...

Whom Seek Ye? (John 18:4) by Ralph Bouma
Each of us must personally ask this question. Do we seek the person of Christ or are we seeking a Jesus who would only deliver us from the consequences of sin? As we learn to understand who Jesus is, we understand that He is different from the Jesus sought by the world or by the harlot church...

Christ Before Annas (John 18:12-13) by Ralph Bouma
As in the Garden, so also at His arraignment, we see the Saviour's perfection displayed in lowliness and dignity. Our Lord Jesus submitted to those in the seat of human authority, notwithstanding His immeasurable superiority in His Divine nature. ...

Pilate Asked Jesus "What Hast Thou Done?" (John 18:35b) by Ralph Bouma
Our blessed Saviour could have spent from that moment through all eternity telling what He has done, but like a lamb before the slaughter, He did not open His mouth. ...

Christ Crowned With Thorns (John 19:1-3) by Ralph Bouma
These thorns in the crown that was put on our Saviour's head represent the curse of the broken law that we deserved, being placed on the head of our substitute. ...

Christ Before Pilate (John 19:10-11) by Ralph Bouma
Pilate's treatment of our Lord and Saviour is Scripture's most striking demonstration of the sovereignty of God. Pilate had no power to crucify or release Him, because the Lord had called on Him to give Himself as a sin offering. ...

Pilate's Efforts Foiled (John 19:12-13) by Ralph Bouma
It is apparent from his restless trips back and forth to the judgment hall that the more Pilate came to know Jesus the more he was convinced of His innocence. How is it then from the viewpoint of logic that the Roman governor was finally prevailed upon to act against his own conscience? ...

Christ - and Him Crucified (John 19:15) by Ralph Bouma
Nothing but the blood of Christ could cause atoning love to be shed on us, so we could be reconciled to God the Father. God had so decreed - and so the Jews demanded. They demanded the crucifixion of Christ. They demanded that His blood be shed. ..

Christ Crucified (John 19:17-18) by Ralph Bouma
Little did the chief priests realize that the venting of their malice brought about the perfect fulfillment of Christ in all the work the Father had given Him to do. Did these chief priests do this ignorantly? No. After He came out of the grave, they paid the soldiers who confirmed His resurrection to lie. ...

It Is Finished (John 19:30) by Ralph Bouma
As our lovely Lord came to the finish line of all that His Father gave Him to do He was careful to fulfill all that was written of Him as the Messiah. Any challenges to Jesus being the Son of God are put to silence by the prophecies He fulfilled. ...

The Man for Others - Good Friday Sermon
Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins, and without the forgiveness of sins, we all would be lost. But Jesus gave his life to save mankind when he died on the cross. He truly was "the man for others," having loved his own who were in the world; he loved them to the end. And it is in this Man for others that we put our trust, for Jesus' cross shows us his death was for us. ...

Good Friday Homily
This is what Peter saw: he saw his sin and he saw the response of Christ Jesus, the judgment of love and mercy. He saw that Jesus went to his death by his own power. Before such tremendous love what else can one do but weep bitterly? ...

Good Friday Homily: I Thirst
As we listened to the Passion of our Lord according to John, we might have missed it. We might have missed two simple and beautiful words. Right before He died, right before Jesus breathed His last, He said; "I thirst," two simple words. ...

More Good Friday Sermons

Seven Words from Cross

I Thirst. - The Fifth Word from the Cross by Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen
The cry, "I thirst," refers not to physical thirst. It was His soul that was burning and His Heart that was on fire. He was thirsting for the souls of men. The Shepherd was lonely without His sheep; the Creator was yearning for His creatures; the First-born was looking for His brethren. ...

Three Words from the Cross by The Rev. Charles Henrickson
Three words from the cross are recorded only by St. Luke. Those are the three that we take up today: "Father, forgive them"; "Today you will be with me in Paradise"; and "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."

The Seven Last Words from Cross by Pastor Edward F. Markquart
Tonight's sermon focuses on Jesus' seven words or seven sentences from the cross. You will experience the seven last words orally in a sermon. I want to remind you that Jesus was in enormous physical pain, the worst human pain imaginable, as he spoke his famous words, his seven last sentences from the cross … The Roman soldiers all expected Jesus to shout out with obscenities and cursing and swearing. ...

A Prayer for the Enemy
So Jesus was essentially saying, "Father, forgive them. They don't realize how bad this is. Forgive them, because they need forgiveness so desperately. Forgive them, for they have committed a sin that is beyond all comprehension. Forgive them, for they have done something that is beyond bad. Father, forgive them." ...

The Seven Last Words from the Cross
by Pastor Edward F. Markquart, Sermons from Seattle

Golgotha: the place of the skull

Father Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do

Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise

Here is Your Son. Here is Your Mother.

My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

I Thirst

It Is Finished

Father, Into Your Hands I Commit my Spirit

Faith, Works, and Grace:
Addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross
by Arthur Chandler, Bishop of Bloemfontein. London, 1920

Prayer, Forgiveness, Love, Self-sacrifice, Patience, Obedience, Sonship--in all of these Christ gives us a perfect Example; all of them are made possible for us by His work of Redemption whereby past sin is forgiven; and all of them may be gradually accomplished in us by that blessed renewal of our nature which He effects by His presence in the Sacrament.

Let us ask our Blessed Lord, by His Example, His Redemptive Death, His Presence in the Sacrament, to help us to pray, to forgive, to love, to sacrifice ourselves, to be patient in suffering, to be loyal in our obedience, and loving in our sonship to God.

Table of Contents

Meditation: With Special Reference to the Passion

I. Prayer

II. Absolution.

III. Love

IV. Self-sacrifice

V. Suffering

VI. Obedience

VII. Sonship

Blessing and Ban from the Cross of Christ:
Meditations on the Seven Words on the Cross.

Given in Trinity Church, New York, on Good Friday, A.D. 1894
by Morgan Dix. New York, 1898

Table of Contents


1. The First Word. Love.

2. The Second Word. Immortality.

3. The Third Word. The Home.

4. The Fourth Word. The Deepest Depth.

5. The Fifth Word. The Soul Athirst for God.

6. The Sixth Word. Christ's Finished Work.

7. The Seventh Word. Eternal Rest.

The Temple of His Body
Good Friday Addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross
by Edward Allan Larrabee, 1905

Table of Contents


Introductory Address

I. The Sacred Hands

II. The Lips of Truth

III. The All-Seeing Eyes

IV. The Sinless Soul

V. The Suffering Body

VI. The Body Mystical

VII. The Sanctuary of the Spirit

The Calls of the Conqueror
Good Friday Addresses on the Seven Words from the Cross
by Edward Allan Larrabee, 1908

Table of Contents


1. The Triumph of Prayer

2. The Triumph of Grace

3. The Triumph of Love

4. The Triumph of Holiness

5. The Triumph of Suffering

6. The Triumph of Patience

7. The Triumph of Obedience

The Words from His Throne: A Study of the Cross
By the Rt. Rev. Charles Lewis Slattery, D.D., 1927

Table of Contents


Chapter I. The First Word

Chapter II. The Second Word

Chapter III. The Third Word

Chapter IV. The Fourth Word

Chapter V. The Fifth Word

Chapter VI. The Sixth Word

Chapter VII. The Seventh Word


Bible Reading For Gospel Saturday

The Passion Week and Holy Saturday
The Passion Week has a special position in the liturgical life of the Church. The whole week is a complete unity during which we follow the procession of our Lord's passions - His crucifixion, His burial, then His resurrection. The week begins on Lazarus Saturday, and take notice that from now on, there is no connection between the services of this week and the services during the Great Lent...

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Volume 9 No 512 April 2019
Passion Week, Easter, New Sunday

MW Journal Issue 470 - Palm Sunday (March 2018)

MW Journal Issue 469 - 40th Fri/Lazar Raising (Mar 2018)

MW Journal Issue 411 - Easter Special (April 2017)

MW Journal Issue 410 - Good Friday - Gospel Sat (April 2017)

MW Journal Issue 409 - Pes'ho (Maundy Thu) (April 2017)

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MW Journal Issue 407 - 40th Fri/Lazar Raising (Apr 2017)

MW Journal Issue 341 - Easter Special (March 2016)

MW Journal Issue 340 - Good Friday - Gospel Sat (March 2016)

MW Journal Issue 339 - Pes'ho (Maundy Thu) (March 2016)

MW Journal Issue 338 - Palm Sunday (March 2016)

MW Journal Issue 337 - 40th Fri/Lazar Raising (Mar 2016)

MW Journal Issue 278 - Easter Special (April 2015)

MW Journal Issue 277 - Gospel Saturday Special (April 2015)

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MW Journal Issue 275 - Pes'ho (Maundy Thu) Special (April 2015)

MW Journal Issue 274 - Palm Sunday (March 2015)

MW Journal Issue 273 - Lazarus Saturday Special (March 2015)

MW Journal Issue 272 - Fortieth Friday Special (March 2015)

MW Journal Issue 214 - Easter Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 213 - Holy Saturday Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 212 - Good Friday Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 211 - Pes'ho (Maundy Thu) (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 210 - Palm Sunday (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 209 - Lazarus Saturday Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 208 - Fortieth Friday Special (April 2014)

MW Journal Issue 135 - Passion Week Special 5 - Easter - He has arisen!

MW Journal Issue 134 - Passion Week Special 4 - Good Friday and Holy Saturday

MW Journal Issue 133 - Passion Week Special 3 - Pes'ho and The New Commandment

MW Journal Issue 132 - Passion Week Special 2 - Palm Sunday and Annunciation to St. Mary

MW Journal Issue 131 - Passion Week Special 1 - 40th Friday and Lazarus Saturday

MW Journal Issue 70 - Holy Week Special - 4 (Easter)

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MW Journal Issue 68 - Holy Week Special - 2 (Holy Monday thru Maundy Thursday)

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Pesaha Appam Recipes

Pesaha Appam (Southern Kerala)

Pesaha Appam (INRI appam)

Recipe for Pesaha Appam

more recipes

Good Friday Recipes

Recipe for Chorukka (bitter drink for Good Friday Service) - Malayalam pdf

Easter Deserts/Snacks

Aval Vilayichathu (A sweet delicacy for Easter)

Vella Appam

Kozukkattai (Stuffed Rice Balls)

Carrot Halwa

more recipes

Great Lent

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Passion Week Prayers

Prayers for Passion Week (Morning) - In English

Prayers for Passion Week (Evening) - In English

Hasa Namaskaram (Malayalam)

Palm Sunday Prayers

Good Friday Songs (English)

Holy Liturgy of Passion Week
From Hosanna (Palm Sunday) to Kymtho (Easter)
(Including service of Hosanna, Pesaha, Holy Saturday and Easter in Malayalam, English Transliteration and English Translation).

Holy Liturgy of Passion Week-Palm Sunday thru Easter
(in Malayalam, English Transliteration and English Translation)
From Carmel Apologetics

The following books published by Joykutty have Malayalam and English Translations

Hosanna (Palm Sunday) Services by Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Evening - Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Soothara - Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Midnight - Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Morning - Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Third Hour - Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Sixth Hour - Joykutty

Passion Week Wednesday Ninth Hour - Joykutty

Maundy Thursday (Pessaha) Evening - Joykutty

Maundy Thursday (Pessaha) Soothara - Joykutty

Maundy Thursday (Pessaha) Morning - Joykutty

Good Friday Morning - Joykutty

Good Friday Third Hour - Joykutty

Good Friday Sixth Hour - Joykutty

Good Friday Ninth Hour - Joykutty

Good Friday Sleeba Namaskaram - Joykutty

Good Friday Burial - Joykutty

Easter Service Book - Joykutty

Samajam Publications (Malayalam)

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Pessaha Feet washing

Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Sleeba Celebration

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Sermons for Passion Week

Easter - Resurrection - Kymtho
Bible Reading For Easter Sunday

Sermons for Easter (Resurrection)

Easter Reflection (Video)

Easter Sermon (Video)

Easter Messages

Encyclical Blessing of His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II Patriarch to the Church

Easter Message - 2015 by HB Catholicose Baselios Thomas I

Easter Message - 2015 by Pope of Coptic Orthodox Church

Easter Message - Musings For Easter - 2015 by by Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios

Jubilation! - Easter Message of Hope

Apostolic Easter Message - 2013 by HH Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

Easter Message From HB Baselios Thomas I, Catholicose - 2013

Easter Message Archbishop HE Mor Titus Yeldho of the Malankara Archdiocese of United States

Easter Message HE Geevarghese Mor Coorilose - 2013

Easter Message From Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas 2012
We are glad to share with you the Peace and Joy of a blessed Easter even though there is turbulence all over the world especially in the Middle East. We are really worried about the situation in Syria. However, we place our hope in the risen Lord who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. ...

Easter Message -2012 by Archbishop Dr. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim
As Christians throughout the world celebrate Easter, the greatest of all Christians Holidays, let us reflect on the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins by His death on the cross. ...

The Easter Message of H.H. Pope Shenouda III
The resurrection of the Lord Christ was distinguished with an amazing power. He is the only One who was victorious over death by Himself. In His resurrection, He crushed death, and arose with the power of His Divinity.

Armenian Primate's Easter Message
Let us renew our lives with the Glorious and Victorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the challenging message of the Feast of the Holy Resurrection. The Blessed Resurrection calls on us all to renounce our old-self and instill within us a new beginning: to live a Christ-like life.

Paschal Encyclical of HE Metropolitan Nektarios
Christian Pascha, the Resurrection of Christ, has a particular importance for all people, and this is why it is the central message of the church and a cause for joy and celebration.

The Easter Message of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem
Christians find their joy is secure in the hope of the promise of eternal life which our Lord has won for all who believe. However, when we in Jerusalem, the city of redemption, see the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere in our region our joy becomes more solemn.

Patriarch Bartholomew: 2011 Patriarchal Proclamation for Pascha
The Resurrection of Christ is indeed real and grants to faithful Christians the certainty - and to all humanity the possibility - of transcending the adverse consequences of natural calamity and spiritual perversity.

Easter Thoughts
Is it any small wonder that it was the women, rather than the apostles, who first witnessed the empty tomb and the
resurrected Lord? As a woman (Eve) was first to taste death, so a woman (Mary Magdalene) was first to taste life.

From Fear to Faith in Four Steps: A Meditation on the Johannine Easter Gospel
One option for the Gospel for Easter Sunday morning is from John 20:1-8. And like most of the resurrection Gospels it paints a portrait of a journey some of the early disciples have to make out of fear and into faith. It shows the need to experience the resurrection and then come to understand it more deeply. ...

Why I Believe in the Resurrection
Can a well-educated person really believe all that "Jesus stuff"? Is there compelling evidence to support a faith in the Jesus of the Bible - a man who claims to be God, who claims to be the giver of eternal life and who claims to be the source of absolute truth? ...

Pascha - The Day The Lord Has Made (Ps. 118:24)
On the day of the Resurrection, we give thanks to God who has granted us victory through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and put an end to the power of sin, which brought death to our Lord. Jesus Christ is the first who rose from the dead. He destroyed death by His death, and opened unto us the doors of paradise, and bestowed upon us the fullness of life and of great mercy. The power of the Resurrection of Christ transforms our weakness, and releases within us the dynamic of growing into the image and likeness of our Risen Lord...

The Light of His Face and The Flame of Pascha
The LIGHT shines from His face, even when He hangs from the cross. We see it Holy Thursday night and even stronger on Good Friday night. The lights in Church are brilliant during the "Epitaphios" Service. We also hold candles. Their flames prove to us that the Light of His Face cannot be destroyed; for He has conquered death with His Death. ...

Seven Steps to Discover a Resurrected Lord
Until our eyes are fixed on the resurrection of Christ we have the tendency to keep looking into the sepulcher, the things of death, instead of having our eyes taken off of the circumstances and the things of this life and looking to the power of the resurrection of Christ, which raises us above the things of this life. We are raised above the things of darkness and we look unto the living God. ...

The Resurrection of Christ: Why is it the high point of the Christian Faith?
Christ's Resurrection is an extraordinary, unique, unrepeatable and singular event in human history. It forms the central event of Christianity, the very core of its preaching and its Christian witness from its beginning right up until the end of time. Easter is the principal feast and the most important of the annual celebrations. It is "the foundation and kernel of the whole liturgical year"...

Believe in Your Heart that God Raised Jesus from the Dead
One of my aims this morning is to clarify as well as I can what the apostle Paul means in Romans 10:9 when he says that "if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved." This needs clarification because Satan believes that God raised Jesus from the dead. But Satan will not be saved. Satan also confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord. ...

Christ Jesus is He Who Died, Yes, Rather Who Was Raised
But the resurrection of Jesus and the intercession of Jesus for us in heaven are essential for this reason: they prove the validity and the eternity of the condemnation-removing effect of the death of Jesus. The resurrection doesn't add anything to the condemnation-absorbing effect of Jesus' death. And the intercession of Jesus for us in heaven doesn't add anything to the condemnation-absorbing effect of Jesus' death...

Jesus Christ Ascended, Exalted, Returning, Judging
Imagine if all the Bible did was tell of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and then left it there. We would see Jesus appearing to the various people as recorded in the gospels and by the Apostle Paul. We would be aware that His atoning work was accomplished on the cross, with all the implications involved in His life, death, and resurrection. We would see Him appearing in His resurrected presence to various people, as recorded in the gospels, and to Paul. His atoning work is accomplished and then He would just sort of shuffle off into oblivion. The Bible doesn't let that happen. ...

Christ, Our Resurrection
The first resurrection is the spiritual resurrection of all true believers. Our Saviour is emphasizing the need for that first resurrection, which is the resurrection from spiritual death. Notice this same principle as it is taught in Revelation 20:6: "Blessed and holy [or sanctified] is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." ...

Questions on the Resurrection
On this occasion of the Glorious Resurrection of the Lord, we shall answer some of the questions addressed by many people.

Resurrection Day! by John Chrysostom
The Paschal Homily of John Chrysostom, a sermon celebrating the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, is traditionally read aloud in many Orthodox churches on Easter morning. ...

Why I Believe in the Resurrection
The validity of our faith is held up by the intellectual feasibility of the resurrection. Put simply, if Christ didn't die on the cross and come alive again three days later, our faith is worthless. Think I'm being over zealous? Consider what the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Cor 15:13-14, "But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith is also in vain." ...

Speeding Through Life
The bodily, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day confronts every one of us with a moment of truth. His death and resurrection forces us to stop speeding along life's road to ask, "What am I going to do with this evidence?" And it's not just the next 10, 20, 30, or 40 years that is dependent upon your answer, it is your eternal life that's dependent upon you facing up to this moment of truth.

The Resurrection Changes Everything
How important is the resurrection to your faith? Not to the doctrinal center of your belief system, but to the day-to-day out-working of your salvation? If your mind draws a blank, you may be missing the power of the resurrection in your personal walk with God. ...

Peace Through a Resurrected Saviour
In saying "Peace be unto you," He said that all the enmity between fallen sinners and His holy Father had been removed by His atonement, or, that is, the reconciliation He purchased...

Easter Night
This very night, all that was foretold and promised through the prophets is fulfilled. In this night, all of salvation history takes place and Christ Jesus is raised from the dead! This night heralds the beginning of a new creation, for the women went to the tomb of Jesus "on the first day of the week," the moment of a new beginning.

Easter Homily: Peter
Peter, who said to Jesus, "I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you" (Luke 22:33); who went on the offensive in defense of the Master and cut off Malchus' ear (cf. John 18:10); who tree times denied Jesus, finally exclaiming, "I do not know the man!" (Matthew 26:74); who looked into Jesus' and saw Jesus' love and suffering (Luke 22:61); it was this Peter who interpreted the words of the women in perhaps a different light. ...

Easter Homily: Do not be Afraid
Consider the women in the Gospel. As the reality of Jesus' resurrection sets in, as they run off to the Apostles and other disciples, they are filled with joy and fear. Joy, because their dear friend has conquered death by the power of God. Fear, because their dear friend is asking them to follow Him. ...

Of Christ's Resurrection by Martin Luther
We shall briefly examine the text of this narrative (Mark 16:1-8), and afterwards speak of the benefits of the resurrection of Christ, and how we should build upon it. The text reads: "And when the sabbath was past." Here we must remember Mark writes of the sabbath according to the custom of the Hebrews, for according to the Jewish reckoning the day began in the evening and lasted until the evening of the next day. ...

Peace with God: A Sermon on the Glorious Resurrection
When a person is freed from his selfishness, loves the Lord with all of his heart and all of his will and loves his neighbor as himself, he will be able to fulfill this commandment of the Lord and attain Christian perfection by fulfilling the commandment of the Lord that says: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven" ...

The Resurrection & Related Incidents
Death caused His spirit to separate from His body, but His divinity never separated from His spirit or from His body. His spirit, united with His divinity, accomplished wonderful salvation for those lying in hope.

Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead
A saving knowledge of Christ crucified and risen is not the mere result of right reasoning about historical facts. It is the result of spiritual illumination to see those facts for what they really are: a revelation of the truth and glory of God in the face of Christ — who is the same yesterday today and forever. ...

The Lord of the Living, not of the Dead – An Easter Meditation
Why do we remember the departed in our prayers?

Since we do believe in God and follow his commandments and his will, we are alive and we will never die. Our forefathers lived in God so they are not dead; they are in eternal rest in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Easter: All That Matters vs. All I Live For
What would I ever do if someone I knew came back from the dead? Especially if he had said he would, and if he had spent a couple nights in a grave already? ...

Making Sense of the Resurrection Accounts – Are there Discrepancies?
When we read the various accounts of the Resurrection in the four Gospels, Acts and Pauline Epistles we can easily be puzzled by some apparent discrepancies in the details.

A Chronological Sequence of the Resurrection Events
Here is a possible and likely chronological sequence of the resurrection appearances. It is a kind of synthesis that attempts to collect all the data and present it in a logical order.

Easter Brings Hope
Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. ...

Did the Resurrection Really Happen?
The defining issue of Christianity is the question, 'Did Jesus Christ rise from the grave?' In essence, was the Resurrection of Jesus an actual bodily resurrection or merely a spiritual manifestation of some sort? Since the day Jesus rose from the dead, detractors have tried to deny the reality of His Resurrection because a genuine resurrection proves His deity.

On the Resurrection
As we celebrate the commemoration of the glorious feast of our Lord’s Resurrection on Sunday, we must never lose sight of the fact that as victorious as this resurrection is, it would never have come about without the apparent defeat of the cross.

Did Jesus rise from the dead?
Is Jesus' resurrection a fantastic fact or a vicious myth? To find out, we need to look at the evidence of history and draw our own conclusions. Let's see what skeptics who investigated the resurrection discovered for themselves. A must read.

Did the Resurrection Really Happen?
The defining issue of Christianity is the question, 'Did Jesus Christ rise from the grave?' In essence, was the Resurrection of Jesus an actual bodily resurrection or merely a spiritual manifestation of some sort? Since the day Jesus rose from the dead, detractors have tried to deny the reality of His Resurrection because a genuine resurrection proves His deity.

Making Sense of the Unlikely Easter Story
When you know the context of the New Testament texts—the world and cultures in and to which these stories were written—you quickly realize that sometimes the incongruities and unusual aspects in the story testify to their historical veracity and authenticity.

The Jesus Movement: From Failure to Phenomenon
If Jesus was just another dead messianic leader, His following would come to nothing. But it didn't. Despite the suppressive forces, the kingdom has steadily advanced in hearts of men and in man's institutions. ...Outside of the truth of the Resurrection, the phenomenon of the Church is inexplicable - a fact that, itself, is sufficient to establish that the "faith once given" was given by none other than God. ...

The Gifts of Easter
One of the most amazing, wonderful messages of the gospel is that it's not over.  Christ's work didn't end at the resurrection. Instead, he gave us the Holy Spirit. The unexpected gift, that continues to remind us how much he loves us, and the sacrifice he made so that we could be together again. So this year, celebrate Easter with a grateful heart, and remember the love Christ has for you. ...

Post Resurrection (After Easter)
Explanation to the Observance of Haevorae Days (Bright Week)
The reason for observing seven days following Easter as Bright Week or Haevorae days can be described as under: ...

Seven Steps to Discover a Resurrected Lord
As we grow in the knowledge of who we are, we can grow in the knowledge of who Christ is. The Lord Jesus Christ does not reveal Himself to hypocrites or to those who have no desire for Him. He reveals Himself to people like Mary who show their love for Him. ..

The Fruits of Our Lord's Resurrection
Our Lord rose again in glory; He entered again into that glory that was His by nature with the Father before the world was made. Through His obedience unto death, God hath exalted Him and given Him as man that Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Lord to the glory of the Father. And He is now ever seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us.

If Christ Has Not Been Raised....
The Resurrection is the factual cornerstone of Christian faith. Without it, you do not get a gospel purified of superstition. At the end of the day, the fact remains that, "If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain" and "we are of all men most to be pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:14; 19). ...

Wounded and Rising
The resurrection body of Jesus contained the scars from nail and sword, and these scars identified Jesus to his followers. And yet, the wounds of Jesus took on new significance in light of his resurrection. While still reminders of the violence of crucifixion his wound-marked resurrection body demonstrates God's power over evil and death. ...

The Normal Christian Life - A Meditation on What the Resurrection Does to Change Our Lives
Romans 6 is a kind of mini-Gospel where in the fact of our new status as redeemed transformed Children of God is declared. And within these lines is contained "Standing Order for the Christian who is a new creation: "No longer let sin continue to reign in your death directed bodies." ...

I am With You Always
"I am with you always, to the close of the age." This assurance, dear brothers and sisters, has accompanied the Church for two thousand years... From it we must gain new impetus in Christian living, making it the force which inspires our journey of faith.

"Receive The Holy Spirit"
The Paschal events-the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ-are also the time of the new coming of the Holy Spirit, as the Paraclete and the Spirit of truth (Jn 14,16-17). They are the time of the "new beginning" of the self- communication of the Triune God to humanity in the Holy Spirit through the work of Christ the Redeemer. ...

Just Believe
It was small enough to overlook. Only two words. I know I'd read that passage a hundred times. But I'd never seen it. But I won't miss it again. It's highlighted in yellow and underlined in red.

The Emmaus Story - The Good News Is for Everyone
Jesus' appearances tell us that the Good News of his Resurrection is for everyone. God's salvation has come for all people. But it's a hard message to believe for anyone and so patient Jesus takes time to help dispel the disciples unbelief. ...

Our Resurrection Pledge
How often we forget times of His visits of love, how often we forget when we get engulfed in the things of this life and human reasoning forgetting His precious Words, but the Holy Spirit will bring them back to our remembrance.

Divine Mercy - Apostolic Penitentiary
"O God, your mercy knows no bounds and the treasure of your goodness is infinite..." and "O God, you reveal your almighty power above all by showing mercy and forgiveness..."  In these prayers Holy Mother Church humbly and faithfully sings of Divine Mercy. ..

How to Turn Broken Dreams into New Beginnings
Broken dreams are more than just endings; they're also opportunities for new beginnings. The sadness and anger you feel can give way to peace and joy – if you choose to trust God to help you move on from the death of your dream to experience a life that's full of His resurrection power.

Malankara World Journal Specials
Post Resurrection

Volume 5 No 279: April 10 2015
Jesus Appears to Disciples and Thomas

Volume 4 No 219: May 16, 2014
Road to Emmaus

Volume 4 No 217: May 2, 2014
Reinstatement of Peter

Volume 4 No 215: April 24, 2014
New Sunday - St. Thomas: Doubt and Faith

Volume 3 No 139: April 25 2013
Focus: Emmaus Experience and Saint George

Volume 3 No 138: April 18 2013
Reinstallation of Peter: Do You Love Me?

Volume 3 No 137: April 11 2013
Jesus Appears to Disciples and Thomas

Volume 3 No 136: April 4 2013
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Passion Week Articles from

Passion Week Thoughts
I would like to lead a meditation based on the reading from St. Luke Chapter 5 verses 1-11. There we find how St. Peter, the blessed Apostle identified himself soon on meeting our Lord.

Events in the Passion week
with Biblical References (Spring AD 30 -approximately)

Meaning of the Palm Sunday Services
Like the Virgins who waited for the Lord, the Church is also waiting with fasting and prayer for the arrival of its Lord and Savior the Kingdom of God. The present fasting, prayer and everything of the Church is to welcome Jesus as the Lord and King.

Meaning of Passion Week
What does passion week mean to us? It is more than just an annual remembrance of the passion - the pain and suffering, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Lord - for all of us.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
The passion week is the time when we are supposed to survey the wondrous Cross and study the pain and suffering our Lord had to endure or experience to save us and to give us a place in Paradise just like He gave it to one of the thieves who was crucified with Him.

The Meaning of the Cross
Although the cross reveals the ugliness of human heart, it also reveals God's grace and forgiveness. It was on the cross God himself laid upon our sins upon His own dear Son, Jesus Christ. On that cross, Jesus paid the penalty of our sins.

Devotional Thoughts for Easter
If one would call the greatest event in Christian history, that event will be the Resurrection of our Lord.  The greatest of the miracles is the Resurrection and the greatest of the mysteries also is the Resurrection.

Easter Greetings
The message of Easter is the good tidings. Jesus is risen. It is a good news for the whole world. It proclaims Jesus’ victory over death. It is the victory of all those who accept the good news.

The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

Easter Message from Baghdad, Iraq
The life and teachings of Jesus have inspired people throughout the ages to strive for a better world and a more meaningful life. Jesus' death stands out in history as the perfect example of unconditional love.

The Point of the Passion
I’ve been thinking a lot about The Passion of the Christ the past few weeks and have heard mixed reviews and comments regarding much of the information presented in the film.

Who Killed Jesus
Who killed Jesus? You and I did. Jews, Christians, and every person who has been born or will be born.

The Passion of the Christ: Review of the Movie - From a Christian Perspective
In my opinion, the move is exceptionally good in depicting the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ. It truthfully depicts what is in the Gospels; a few artistic liberties were taken, however, without affecting what is portrayed in the bible. And these are kept absolutely to a minimum.

The Passion of The Christ: Another Review
When I sat down this evening to write a review of The Passion of The Christ, you must imagine how profound it is for me that I am struggling with words and with the very idea of having to write about this movie. To say I am at a loss doesn't begin to express how inadequate I feel to even attempt to convey all that this movie is.

Passion of Christ- Mel Gibson's Act of Faith
Mr. Gibson emerged as a man with strong convictions about his faith as he detailed his own passions for alcohol, drugs etc. which brought him close to suicide once. On TV, he witnessed how Christ's passion helped him overcome his battles in life.

The Medical view of His suffering
Here is a look at the conditions Jesus underwent during his passion from a medical point of view. 

Why Is The Resurrection Significant?
It is through Christ's death and resurrection that we are able to receive eternal life through belief in Jesus Christ.


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