Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Great Lent Week 4
Volume 7 No. 403 March 17, 2017

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National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam, Ernakulam (Kochi), Kerala. Photo by Dr. Shila Mathew, MD for Malankara World
National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom,
Vallarpadam, Ernakulam (Kochi), Kerala

Photo by Dr. Shila Mathew, MD for Malankara World

The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam-Ernakulam is a centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts of Kerala and elsewhere, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of St. Mary, the mother of Jesus, popularly known as "Vallarpadathamma".

Vallarpadath Amma is believed to have miraculously saved her devotees several time from violent storms. The feast of Vallarpadath Amma is held every year on September 24. The celebrations last more than a week, and are accompanied by a big fair.

Vallarpadam is situated next to Bolgatty Island on the west, and linked to the Ernakulam mainland via the new Goshree bridges. It is about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) in length in the north-south direction and has a population of 10,000 people. Vallarpadam is about one kilometer ( mile) away from the Ernakulam mainland. It is also accessible from North Parur via Ayyampally.

Source: Adapted from Wikipedia


1. Foreword

I. This Sunday in Church - 4th Sunday in Great Lent

2. Bible Readings for 4th Sunday in Great Lent - Canaanite Woman (Knanaitho) (March 19) Lec_4th_sunday_of_Great-Lent.htm

3. Sermons for 4th Sunday in Great Lent Canaanite Woman (Knanaitho) (March 19)

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Great Lent Week 4

II. Great Lent - Week 4 - Supplement

5. Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

6. Meditations and Reflections For Week 4 of Great Lent

Week 4 of Great Lent

III. Lectionary Reflections

7. Crumbs for Dogs

Important characteristics that contribute to the Canaanite woman's deliverance is her humility and tenacity. We should never confuse humility with weakness. This mother is a courageous warrior fighting for her child, but she humbly submits to the Lord of the universe. Pride would have been offended by the dog comment. ...

8. Healing Faith -Lectionary Reflection

This encounter helps move Jesus toward that inclusive vision that too are called to embrace. This is the greatest miracle, and one to be greeted with joy, that that the boundaries we set are removed and humanity experiences true healing....

9. Leftovers for all!

Matthew lets us see that Jesus is human. This is a Jesus who learns and develops - like any of us. This is a Jesus who has to respond to what goes on around him - like any of us. This is a Jesus who doesn't know everything - like any of us. This is a Jesus who is genuinely human. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

10. HH Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All The East, Speaks on the Future of Christians in the Middle East

Not only Christians are dying, but what is happening is genocide. Populations are being uprooted, forced to leave their home, Churches are being destroyed, clergy is killed and bishops are being kidnapped. ...

11. Recipe: Coral Tree Cafe's Vegetable Soup

This recipe may come especially handy during the Great Lent. ...

12. Recipe: Breakfast That Tastes Like Carrot Cake - Baked Oatmeal

This truly glorious combination of tastes and textures alone makes it a breakfast worth waking up for, but the ingredients also provide plenty of the nutrition you need to fuel your morning. ...

13. Family Special: The Gift of Sex - Explaining Sex To Your Children

We are told to "Train a child in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6). That means we are to teach our children about all of God's gifts and truths-including His wonderful gift of sex-when the timing is right. ...

14. Family Special: What Are The Skills Every 18-year-old Needs?

Remember: Our kids must be able to do all of these things without resorting to calling a parent on the phone. If they're calling us to ask how, they do not have the necessary life skills. ...

15. Life Lessons: Eleven Mind Blowing Facts About Warren Buffett And His Fortune

Warren Buffett doesn't think money equals success. Instead, he has said: "I measure success by how many people love me. And the best way to be loved is to be lovable."...

16. Inspirational: The Power of a Hug - 50 Years Later

My friends, frequently people ask me what to say to a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer, what to say to someone who has lost a spouse, what words to say to someone who is struggling. ...

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