Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal Abstracts
Theme: Easter
Volume 7 No. 411 April 15, 2017

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Mary's Encounter with the resurrected Jesus in the Garden
Mary's Encounter with the Resurrected Jesus in the Garden

The Malayalam Song inscribed in the picture above is the Processional hymn
sung during the Easter Service (based on John 20:15-17). The English translation
is given below:

Oh Mary, I am indeed garden keeper
Indeed am founder and owner of paradise.
Oh Mary, I am life of those that do live,
Indeed am life and resurrection of all
On cross I was killed,
Inside tomb was sealed,
Now you donít touch me,
To Father not I assumed.
I did indeed rise in glory from the tomb
You proceed immediately and spread news to disciples.

Picture Courtesy of Carmel Apologetics

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being . . . God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed...

I. Kyomtho/Easter in Church

2. Bible Readings for Kyomtho/Easter (April 16)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/ Lec_Easter_sunday.htm

3. Sermons for Kyomtho/Easter (April 16)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-for-Passion-week_Easter.htm

4. Malankara World Journal Specials on Easter

5. Malankara World Passion Week/Easter Supplement

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

Passion Week Supplement in Malankara World
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lent/Passion/ Default.htm

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

Today in Passion Week
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lent/Passion/ Passion_Today_archives.htm

II. Easter Reflections

6. The First Empty Tomb

Jesus is the only person who has an empty tomb. Everyone else who's died has returned to the dust, but Christ is alive and seated at the Father's right hand. Because He overcame death, His followers are also guaranteed empty tombs someday. ...

7. A Tale of Two Men - An Easter Story

The resurrection is God's stamp of approval on his Son. That's why Peter says in Acts 2:24, "God raised him from the dead." He says it again in verse 32, "God has raised this Jesus to life." It didn't just happen by chance that Jesus rose from the dead. God raised his own Son on the third day. ...

8. The Impact of the Empty Tomb

Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. The physical resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity. British theologian Michael Green said it well when he noted, "Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all." ...

9. What Difference Do The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Make Today?

Jesus first appeared to a brokenhearted Mary who stayed at the tomb. Mary was the first to behold something the world had never seen before - a resurrected, transformed life. ...

10. The Resurrection And The Eucharist

There is an important connection between the Resurrection and the Eucharist. The Eucharist IS the Risen Jesus. Therefore, the Eucharist makes the Resurrection present and active in our lives and enables us to experience the joy and the power of the Resurrection. ...

III. Featured: Easter Sermons

11. Easter Homily of St John Chrysostom

Instead of preaching their own homilies, the holy Church allows Orthodox Christian pastors to read this ancient text at Easter. ...

12. Easter: The Return to Galilee

The resurrection is not some static story that happened in history 2000 years ago. The resurrection is a dynamic movement - an experience of grace that each one of us is called into again and again and again. And none of us are left out of this. God wants to reveal his resurrection power to each one of us...

13. Easter Homily

With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew. He draws all of us after him into the new light of the resurrection and he conquers all darkness. He is God's new day, new for all of us. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

14. Recipe: Fresh Herb Salad With Seeds

A recipe going back to the Maccabees. ...

15. Recipe: Murg Haryali - Coriander-mint chicken in coconut gravy

16. Good Relationships: The Best Road to a Good Relationship

For most of us, the relationships that most strongly influence our level of happiness are family relationships. And the most powerful of all are at the inner core of family, especially parent-child relationships. ...

17. Family Special: Don't Take Your Spouse for Granted

If we don't make our mate feel honored and respected, we may find our partner looking for recognition somewhere else. ...

18. Family Special: Six Things Every Kid Needs to Hear

Our words are important, especially considering the impact they can have our little ones. Remember this: "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29). ...

19. Self Improvement: There is Always a Choice

The ultimate truth is we have the ability to be, do and achieve anything we truly desire. Each of us has Divine Source running through us. We are connected to something so much bigger than ourselves. This is our time to shine. ...

20. About Malankara World

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