Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal Monthly
Theme: Pentecost
Volume 9 No. 514 June, 2019

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Holy Qurbana at at Sehion Malika (or  St Mark’s Church) Upper Chamber in Jerusalem.
This is a very important landmark for Christians. This is where Jesus Christ established the Holy Qurbana by conducting the Last Supper on Pesho. This is where Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. It is where He appeared to his disciples after the resurrection. This is also the place where the disciples and Mary and others waited for the Pentecost. The Holy Spirit appeared to them here on the Pentecost day. This was the first church.
Holy Qurbana by Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Jacob Chalissery
From left Bose Kuruvilla with Marvasa (cannot see face), Jacob Mathew - Malankara World, Achen, Vijayan Chalissery and Jomon Skaria. Censorist in front is Joy Kurien.

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1. Foreword

Holy Qurbana at Sehion Malika, Jerusalem, Israel, May 2019

I. This Month in Church - Lectionary and Sermons

Bible Readings (Lectionary), Sermon Notes, etc. for each Sunday and special feast

2. week 1 (June 2) Sunday Before Pentecost

3. week 2 (June 9) Pentecost

4. June 14 - Golden Friday

5. week 3 (June 16) 1st Sunday After Pentecost

6. week 4 (June 23) 2nd Sunday After Pentecost

7. week 5 (June 30) 3rd Sunday After Pentecost

II. Bible Study: Old Testament and New Testament Passages That Are Important in Understanding Pentecost

8. Text and Commentary on Genesis 11:1-9

Babel: the confusion of language. The people are filled with pride, and want to make a name for themselves, and to guarantee their own security by reaching heaven by their own efforts. ...

9. Text And Commentary on Exodus 19:3-8, 16-20

God promises a Covenant

10. Text And Commentary on Psalm 104:24-35

Verse 35 of Psalm 104 offers the first instance of “hallelujah” in the psalter, which is one of the reasons this passage tends to be used on the Day of Pentecost in celebration of God’s spirit (breath, wisdom) over creation. Just as God is the source of life for all of creation -- physically, cosmically, and spiritually -- God has created the church and sustained the church, through which all humankind and creation are interconnected. ...

11. Text And Commentary on Ezekiel 37:1-14

I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord. ...

12. Text And Commentary on Joel 2:28-32 (3:1-5)

The outpouring of the Spirit involves charismatic and prophetical gifts primarily (moral gifts derive from these). This infusion of the Spirit is the fulfillment of an ancient promise, found in Numbers 11:16-30 ...

13. Text And Commentary - Acts 2:1-21

The church birthed at Pentecost carries this deep DNA, to make a home in God’s life and invite others, in a way they can understand, to make a home in God’s life, too. ...

14. Text And Commentary on Romans 8:14-17

The fact of having been adopted as sons by God puts the baptized in close relationship with Christ. They are literally, as brothers, co-heirs with him to the rights and responsibilities of the family of God. ...

15. Text And Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13

The Church's remarkable unity derives from the Holy Spirit who not only assembles the faithful into a society but also imbues and vivifies its members, exercising the same function as the soul does in a physical body...

16. Text And Commentary on John 14:8-17, 25-27

The Holy Spirit will enable us to become communities of peace, distributing it around the world as an alternative to other understandings of peace that depend on force and domination. ...

17. John's Version of The Pentecost (John 20:19-23)

Breathing on the apostles like Jesus did may seem a bit crude but this action had much religious meaning. In the book of Genesis, we read that God gave life to the first man by breathing into his nostril (Genesis 2:7) ...

III. Pentecost Special

18. The First Pentecost

On that Pentecost day, Peter asked the people to repent, to change their way of life, to seek a new life in Christ. And they responded. The Holy Spirit of Jesus moved into the valley of dry bones and brought three thousand to life...

19. A Simple Glass of Water

Much of the Spirit’s action in our lives is not visible to our naked eyes. This is why not everyone on earth believes what we believe! ...

20. Importance of Pentecost

The descent upon the apostles was internal and invisible in nature although accompanied by certain visible phenomena. There came a mighty roar, like the onrush of a violent wind. It came suddenly, from heaven...

21. The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost

The Lord Jesus said to Apostles, and still says to us, "I have come to cast a fire on the earth" (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire, a transformative, refining, purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is about a necessary fire. ...

22. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord

23. Do Not Take Your Holy Spirit From Me!

The best way not to lose the Holy Spirit in our midst is to watch and pray that it might not happen. Take nothing for granted. And do not live on past blessings or dwell too long on yesterday’s victories. Seek the Lord while he may be found. ...

24. A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit? and
What role does he play in the Christian life?

25. The 'Harvest of The Spirit'

When Paul speaks of the manifestations of the flesh, he describes them as "works," but when speaking of the manifestations of the Spirit, he describes them as "fruit." "Works" suggests something that is an effort: "fruit" suggests something that is effortless. ...

26. Malankara World Trinity and Pentecost Supplements

IV. General Weekly Features

27. Health Special: A Healthy Skin DRINK?

What if I told you that you could drink something... and it would dramatically improve the way your skin looks and feels? ...

28. Health: Depression and Anxiety Tied to Cancer Deaths

29. Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Hummus

30. Family: Childish or Childlike?

When we find ourselves in authentic relationship with the True Shepherd, to be transformed by and through the Holy Spirit, then we will have a childlike faith. ....

31. Family: Leading Children Through Tough Years

Remember that anyone can raise the easy kid. Guiding an SWC through the rebellious years takes a pro with a lot of love to give. ...

32. Personal Growth: Growing

When you're green you grow, when you're ripe you rot. ...

33. A Heart For Servant Leadership

I'm reminded of Luke 9:62, 'No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.' And I'm not looking back...

34. A Prayer for Seniors

Lord, You know that I am growing older. ...

35. About Malankara World

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