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HH Mathews II: A Vibrant and Charismatic Leader

The most defining attribute of HH Mathews II Catholicose was his smile. People who met him, even if they forget his name will not forget his never fading smile. He was one of the most Charismatic leaders in Indian Christianity. But it was his prayer life, uncompromising ascetic, penance and fasting that raised a young

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The Jesus Prayer – Part 2

Part 1 – (Click here) Yesterday we learnt the introduction of the Jesus Prayer, as an ‘arrow prayer’ which is centered on the Holy Name of Jesus and when used specifically cab help us to just sit and look at God. There are two versions to the Jesus Prayer – Greek and Russian. Both versions

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The Jesus Prayer

Glory to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, One True God. What is The Jesus Prayer? In the Gospel of St. Luke we read the apostles asking Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray”. And the Lord at that time taught them The Lord’s Prayer. In our time today, we increasingly find ourselves

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‘Alvares Mar Yulios’ – an unsung hero of Malankara Orthodox Church

  Albert Einstein once said: “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.” Those words were expressed in astonishment by the great scientist after observing and evaluating Gandhiji’s unmatchable personality for years.  The above words shall be

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Alvares Mar Julius Thirumeni: A Patriot A Saint A Martyr (92nd Dukhrono)

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” -Ephesians 4:12 A Martyr’s Journey  Alvares Thirumeni had a firm faith in the Orthodox Church. Leaving his fortune in the Catholic Church, he embraced the Orthodox Church. He was excommunicated and persecuted. He was falsely

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Question: Does man have a free will or not? And if he does, is it for everything?

  Answered by LL Pope Shenouda III in his book “So Many Years With The Problems Of The People-Part-II Theological and Dogmatic Problems. Page 10-15 Answer: There are certain matters which man has no choice. A person has no choice regarding the country in which he was born, the people amidst whom he grew up,

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Question: Can Satan Enter a Church?

Answered by LL Pope Shenouda III in his book “So Many Years With The Problems Of The People-Part-IV -Dogmatic and Ritual Problems”. Page 75-77. Is it possible for Satan to enter a church, one which has been consecrated? And if he can, how could this be so, since the church is supposed to be full

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“Symvolo” (How can we identify apostles in paintings and Icons)

  When we make an Icon or a painting we depicts the nature of that person or that biblical character so that they may reflect their real personality. Therefore it is natural that, as well as depicting them in a stylized “spiritual” way, the Saints are also depicted as recognizable people, with distinct features. Here I

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TEN Prayerful Days in the Upper Room

TEN Prayerful Days in the Upper Room On the Sunday, after ten days, on the Feast of Pentecost, the Church celebrates the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Before ascending the heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ’s final promise and last order to the apostles and the disciples as well as the close followers was to wait

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Holy Ascension! What does it mean to us?

  Holy Ascension! What does it mean to us?    On the Feast of the Ascension, the Orthodox Church does not merely commemorate an historical event in the life of Christ. The Ascension of our Lord is one of the five greatest doctrinal truths of Christianity: the INCARNATION of our Lord, His CRUCIFIXION on the

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