Historical Places

On Jesus Prayer and Prayer Rope: Aim and essence of Jesus Prayer

(This part is a continuation of On Jesus prayer: Emergence of Jesus Prayer) Shalom+ According to St Meletius the Confessor, “Those who see nothing during their prayer see God” In order to experience the true essence of Jesus prayer we must come into union with God, resulting to a total agreement with God’s will. If

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Relics Tube of St Ephrem and Relics Box; Major Relics of St Ephrem and other saints where brought in this Relics Box/Tube

A very important artifact for Oriental Orthodox Christians Shalom + From my readings, I knew that St. Ephrem was buried in an Armenian monastery and that it had been moved somewhere in the Iconoclasm* period. I wasn’t aware where it had been moved though. While I was exploring the major monasteries in Wadi Natrun, I

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“Holy Soonoro (Holy Girdle) of our Mother” (Discovery)

According to the tradition of Orthodox church, Apocryphal writings from the early church mention that St. Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles except St. Thomas. St. Thomas was brought to Jerusalem by Holy Spirit through ‘Oyar’ and saw St. Mary’s body was taken to heaven by the angels. He got the girdle

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eikōn: Christ the Pantocrator on his Throne

“The word of Father , transcending all determination , determeined itself in its Incarnation through thee, Bearer of God. He made the defiled image as of Old and penetrated it with divine Beauty”. (Kontakion sung at the first Sunday of Lent) when Church celebrates the victory of the Holy Images. Sishuvaai swayame velivaayi …..Naraveshathil Jeevichu……

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“Words that Moves Mountain”

During the reign of Caliph Al-Muizz , northern Africa, Coptic Christians were allowed a degree of freedom. The relationship between al-Muizz and the Copts  has benn to the subject to the great miracle of moving Mokattam mountain in Cairo This incident is the reason of Coptic Church having the 40+3 days to Christmas Fast. After

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“Theotokos of Vladmir”, one of the most venerated Orthodox icons

  The icon of the Mother of God represents the first human being who realized the goal of incarnation. She is the person who stands on the frontier between promise and fulfillment, between earth and heaven and between the two testaments. It is she who makes a home for the Creator of all things. According

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“Symvolo”(Icon-Dormition of Theotokos)

Bhagyavathi Mrthiyalokasham Dhanyath Paaram Prapichu Bhulokam Pavanagathrathin- Samskaraal Pavanmaayi…….. (Shunoyo Feast hymn, Indian Orthodox Church) O Mary, your body was like a pearl, and death itself was shamed when with wonder it saw you ascending resplendent through the clouds to heaven . . …. (Ethiopian Orthodox Church Hymn)   Orthodox Church teaches that Mary is

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Crucifix in Kottayam Seminary

Kottayam Seminary Crucifix In Orthodoxy the cross has always been a symbol of great victory and power, as it was through the Christ’s voluntary sacrifice on the cross that death was overcome and salvation became possible for us. Crosses and crucifixes, therefore, are extremely common and widely used.   Orthodox Crucifixes are often elaborately decorated,

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“Face of Christ” series [Acheiropoieta(Icon not made by hand) of latomos]

Acheiropoieta of latomos St. Theodora was the Christian daughter of Maximian (286-305), co-emperor with Diocletian (284-305). She was baptized a Christian by the Bishop of Thessaloniki, St. Alexander (commemorated May 28th), who was later a participant in the First Ecumenical Council. Taking on her new Christian responsibilities, she was troubled by her idolatrous parents, so

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A Short Documentary about Orthodox Seminary

History of Old Seminary described by Fr Dr Jacob Kurian httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeVAMOYgWDA&feature=relmfu

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